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The Zero (Paperback)

Author:  Jess Walter
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 006118943X
ISBN-13: 9780061189432
Sku: 204173736
Publish Date: 8/7/2007
Pages:  326
Age Range:  NA
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In the tradition of Franz Kafka, Joseph Heller, and Don DeLillo, comes this extraordinary story of searing humor and sublime horror, of blindness, bewilderment, and that achingly familiar feeling that the world has suddenly stopped making sense.
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The Zero is a groundbreaking novel, a darkly comic snapshot of our times that is already being compared to the works of Franz Kafka and Joseph Heller.

From its opening pages—when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to find he's shot himself in the head—novelist Jess Walter takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. As the smoke slowly clears, Remy finds that his memory is skipping, lurching between moments of lucidity and days when he doesn't seem to be living his own life at all. The landscape around him is at once fractured and oddly familiar: a world dominated by a Machiavellian mayor known as "The Boss," and peopled by gawking celebrities, anguished policemen peddling First Responder cereal, and pink real estate divas hyping the spoils of tragedy. Remy himself has a new girlfriend he doesn't know, a son who pretends he's dead, and an unsettling new job chasing a trail of paper scraps for a shadowy intelligence agency known as the Department of Documentation. Whether that trail will lead Remy to an elusive terror cell—or send him circling back to himself—is only one of the questions posed by this provocative yet deeply human novel.

From a novelist of astounding talent, The Zero is an extraordinary story of how our trials become our transgressions, of how we forgive ourselves and whether or not we should.

A week after 9/11, Brian Remy, a New York City cop, shoots himself in the head, yet somehow survives. After he recovers, he gets a job analyzing bits of debris for the Office of Liberty and Recovery, where he stumbles across a nefarious government plot. This may not sound like comedic material, but in Jess Walter's acerbic and biting novel the most serious events become fodder for satire, and his riotous writing takes on many of the ludicrous and sinister aspects of the post-9/11 world.
Author Bio
Jess Walter
Jess Walter has written for the "Spokane Review". His work has won dozens of regional and national awards, and his coverage of the Randy Weaver story helped earn his paper a place as a Pulitzer Prize finalist.


"[Jess] Walter's Helleresque take on a traumatic time may be too much too soon for some, but he carries off his dark and hilarious narrative with a grandly grotesque imagination." 07/24/2006

"This is political satire at its best: scathing, funny, dark. And the actual mystery rivets." 09/08/2006

"THE ZERO breathes life into the author's idea of post-9/11 life as a fever dream for its characters." - Janet Maslin 09/10/2006

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0326
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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