A funny, dark, messy rollercoaster of a novel about sex and angst and searching for connection in a post capitalist society. Having split up with her boyfriend on a whim then instantly craving him, Lucy goes to stay in Venice Beach to work on a PhD she doesn't believe in. After a string of compulsive Tinder hook ups and dysfunctional group therapy meetings, Lucy falls for a mysterious man she meets on the rocks and they begin a steamy relationship. Broder's confessional prose contrasts knowing satire on the nothingness of consumerism with temptation of otherworldly myth as escape from it. This book is about compulsion, filling the existential void, and how what we've been programmed to search for can also annihilate us. Highly recommended!
The much-anticipated debut novel from 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize winner Ocean Vuong had an awful lot to live up to, and still it somehow soars above all expectations. Vuong’s delicate whisper magic will make everything else you’re reading right now feel drab by comparison. Savour every page.
“Do you remember the happiest day of your life? What about the saddest? Do you ever wonder if sadness and happiness can be combined, to make a deep purple feeling, not good, not bad, but remarkable simply because you didn’t have to live on one side or the other?”
Published by Jonathan Cape on 20th June 2019
A fragmented, feverish reimagining of the death and life of SCUM Manifesto author Valerie Solanas. Suitably unhinged, often traumatic, yet full of surprising tenderness, The Faculty of Dreams makes a very strong case for the 'fictional historiography'.