March 6, 2012
March 6, 2012
In his third novel, Hari Kunzru adopts a fragmented narrative structure while grounding his book in the epic beauty and trans-historical significance of the Mojave Desert. The book opens with a fable about a ******-producing coyote. From there, the chapters focus on humans, as the story jumps back and forth in time from 1947 to 2008 to 1778 to 1958 to 2008, and so on. Two principle storylines emerge: The first is about an aircraft engineer named Schmidt and the cult he founds as part of his project to use the Mojave Pinnacles to contact life in outer space. The second narrative thread belongs to Jaz and Lisa, who have come to the Mojave from New York with their autistic son, Raj. They've come, in part, to try to mend their failing marriage, but soon they become immersed in a scenario that is every parent's worst nightmare. Other characters come in and out of focus, like the mysterious desert-visiting extraterrestrials that preoccupy many of the counter-cultural weirdos who populate Kunzru's novel.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Philosophy, Medicine + Health, Literary, Types of Characters, Love + Relationships + Sex
- Language: English
- Author: Hari Kunzru
- Online Item #: 13899748
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-1135
- ISBN: 9780307957115
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported