A Questionable Shape

A Questionable Shape

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Paperback, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, 2013, ISBN13 9781937512095, ISBN10 1937512096
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After discovering his father has gone missing, Mazoch asks Vermaelen to help track him down, but with hurricane season looming over Baton Rouge his hope of ever finding his father is threatened.

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After discovering his father has gone missing, Mazoch asks Vermaelen to help track him down, but with hurricane season looming over Baton Rouge his hope of ever finding his father is threatened.

"The smartest zombie novel since Colson Whitehead's "Zone One.""
-Ron Charles, "The Washington Post"
""A Questionable Shape" presents the yang to the yin of Whitehead's "Zone One," with chess games, a dinner invitation, and even a romantic excursion. Echoes of Thomas] Bernhard's hammering circularity and David Foster] Wallace's bright mind that can't stop making connections are both present. The point is where the mind goes, and, in that respect, Sims has his thematic territory down cold."
-"The Daily Beast"
"A thinking fan's zombie novel... one that asks the question: Do we lose our humanity when the world starts to crumble?"
-"Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
"Yes, it's a zombie novel, but also an emotionally resonant meditation on memory and loss."
-"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Compressed, copiously footnoted and literary, Bennett Sims' "A Questionable Shape" focuses on a zombie outbreak's effect on a young man and his girlfriend in a single week, in which he and his best friend undertake a quixotic, zombie-strewn search for a missing father."
-"Los Angeles Times"
"Evokes the power of David Foster Wallace with a narrative that's cerebral, strangely beautiful, philosophical, and pretty, well, brilliant."
-"Bustle"
""A Questionable Shape" is a novel for those who read in order to wake up to life, not escape it, for those who themselves like to explore the frontiers of the unsayable. "A Questionable Shape"] is more than just a novel. It is literature. It is life."
-"The Millions"
"Brilliantly sensitive, whip-smart... Sims' genius lies in how he builds a terrifically engrossing and utterly unique novel, not in spite, but rather because of the familiarity of the material. A book that is just as touching and funny as it is riotously smart."
-"The Rumpus"
"Bennett Sims is a writer fearsomely equipped with an intellectual and linguistic range to rival a young Nabokov's, Nicholson Baker's gift for miniaturistic intaglio, and an arsenal of virtuosities entirely his own. "A Questionable Shape" announces a literary talent of genre-wrecking brilliance."
-Wells Tower

Mazoch discovers an unreturned movie sleeve, a smashed window, and a pool of blood in his father's house; the man has gone missing. So he creates a list of his father's haunts and asks Vermaelen to help track him down.
However, hurricane season looms over Baton Rouge, threatening to wipe out any undead not already contained, and eliminate all hope of ever finding Mazoch's father.
Bennett Sims turns typical zombie fare on its head to deliver a wise and philosophical rumination on the nature of memory and loss.
Bennett Sims was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His fiction has appeared in "A Public Space," "Tin House," and "Zoetrope: All-Story." A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he currently teaches at the University of Iowa, where he is the Provost Postgraduate Visiting Writer in fiction.

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Number of Pages: 218
Original Languages: English
Author: Sims, Bennett
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
ISBN-13: 9781937512095
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.50 x 7.50 x 0.50 Inches
ISBN-10: 1937512096
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