Lurid & Cute

By Adam Thirlwell

A dreamy and adrenaline-fueled new novel from a two-time "Granta "Best Young Novelist
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"Lurid & Cute" is a kind of machine for the reader's corruption. It opens with all the things we've come to expect of Adam Thirlwell-"the playfulness of language, the way the mandarin wit, line by line, consorts with grisly or louche material," as Jeffrey Eugenides has said-when the narrator wakes confused in a seedy hotel room. He has had the good education, and also the good job. Together with his wife and dog, he lives at home with his parents. But then the lurid overtakes him-a chain of events that feels to those inside it narcotic and neurotic, like one long and terrible descent: complete with lies, deceit, and chicanery, and including, in escalating order, one orgy, one brothel, and a series of firearms disputes.
"Lurid & Cute" balances the complexity of an interior world-our hero's apparently innocent obsessions with food, old movies, and all the gaudy, shoddy building blocks of pop culture-with a picaresque plot delivered with expert, insidious pacing. For very possibly this is the story of a woebegone and global generation. And our hero, the sweetest narrator in world literature, also may well be the most fearsome.
It's the most sophisticated and gruesome novel from an author celebrated for his precocious talents, and it will leave you feeling like you've been on one hell of a bender.



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Praise for "Lurid and Cute"

"Isn't that what we're looking for in the fiction we read . . . the world rarified by art, yet kept down to earth. This is what I feel is happening in Thirlwell's new fiction, and I can't wait to read more." --Jeffrey Eugenides

"A wittily observant young author . . . Audacious." --Joyce Carol Oates, "The New York Review of Books"

Praise for "Escape" "A witty, irreverent, and elegiac new novel." --"The New York Times Book Review" "A novel where the humor is melancholic, the melancholy mischievous, and the talent startling." --Milan Kundera

Praise for "The Delighted States" "A prodigy . . . Thirlwell's book shoves its delirious way around and through four centuries of great novelists, tumbles them down one trapdoor and hauls them out of another; it provokes as much as evokes . . . A treasure." --"The New York Times" "Raises questions that are vital to novelists and their readers; it will be hard for anyone with an interest in the subject to keep from defiling the margins with notes." --"The Wall Street Journal"

Praise for "Lurid & Cute"

"Isn't that what we're looking for in the fiction we read . . . the world rarified by art, yet kept down to earth. This is what I feel is happening in Thirlwell's new fiction, and I can't wait to read more." --Jeffrey Eugenides

"A wittily observant young author . . . Audacious." --Joyce Carol Oates, "The New York Review of Books"

Praise for "The Escape" "A witty, irreverent, and elegiac new novel." --"The New York Times Book Review" "A novel where the humor is melancholic, the melancholy mischievous, and the talent startling." --Milan Kundera

Praise for "The Delighted States" "A prodigy . . . Thirlwell's book shoves its delirious way around and through four centuries of great novelists, tumbles them down one trapdoor and hauls them out of another; it provokes as much as evokes . . . A treasure." --"The New York Times" "Raises questions that are vital to novelists and their readers; it will be hard for anyone with an interest in the subject to keep from defiling the margins with notes." --"The Wall Street Journal"




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Publisher Picador USA
Publish date 04/12/2016
Pages 368
ISBN-13 9781250081667
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