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Lowboy (Paperback)

Author:  John Wray
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312429339
ISBN-13: 9780312429331
Sku: 211579116
Publish Date: 2/2/2010
Pages:  258
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Possessing paranoid schizophrenic beliefs that he can save the planet from climate change by cooling down his own overheated body, 16-year-old New York youth Will Heller pursues a terrifying and delusional odyssey through the citys tunnels and back alleys while his frantic mother attempts to find him. By the author of Canaans Tongue. Reprint. *Author: Wray, John *Publication Date: 2010/02/02 *Number of Pages: 258 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
Will Heller, a schizophrenic teenager, goes off his medication and wanders into the New York subway system, convinced that only he can stop the imminent apocalypse. Meanwhile, his troubled mother and a detective try to track down the lost boy. Switching between Will's surreal psychological landscapes and the more realistic but equally confused perspective of his mother and the detective, LOWBOY creates an eerie and captivating world.


"The writing is lovely, the first paragraph enticing enough to cause that jolt of adrenaline that tells the reader he or she is onto something really good..." - Nan Goldberg 04/02/2009

"John Wray's third novel, one of the most anticipated books of the spring, has the makings of an American classic....[His] genius as a storyteller lies in the fact that he recognizes that schizophrenia may well be the prevailing logic of the Twittered, Facebook-friended, RSS-fed culture around us. We can sympathize with Heller, and even love him, because he is all of us." - Andrew Ervin 03/15/2009

"Lowboy's...damaged condition is brilliantly, compassionately evoked in the novel....[He] may often be lost to himself, but he is not lost to us. Wray knows how to induce and then manage a kind of epistemological schizophrenia in the reader, whereby we can inhabit Lowboy's groundless visions and still glimpse the ground they negate." - James Wood 03/30/2009

"LOWBOY is a smart, moving thriller, and a deeply imaginative one....[The] hurtling plot makes it the sort of book you read in a few big gulps, but its complicated teen character...sticks around for days after you're done." - Izzy Grinspan 03/12/2009

"[I]t's hard not to admire this bullet train of a book for its chilling power." - Stacey Levine 02/01/2009

"All the characters here are vibrant, thinking and flawed, with their own sets of priorities...This is a meticulously constructed novel, immensely satisfying in the perfect, precise beat of its plot." - Charles Bock 03/01/2009

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