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“It’s rare to find a character like Luther van der Loon who makes such a rich and lasting impression—so vividly wounded, exuberant in characterization. Luther embodies the anxious, angst-ridden neurotic we are afraid we will become, or maybe who we aspire to be. In his grief over his mother’s accidental choking vis-à-vis death, his obsession with what is the point of life is simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious. I could read this novel a hundred times and never tire of it.” - Amy E. Wallen, Author of When We Were Ghouls: A Memoir of Ghost Stories
“An original and very funny novel about a man's obsessive longing and guilt after his mother accidentally chokes on wonton soup. We follow the endearing protagonist through a period of mourning, cleverly interwoven with musical theory and an attempt to sue the Chinese take-out restaurant, all brought to a hilarious finale with a last symposium on medieval music.” - Sheila Kohler, Author of numerous award-winning novels
Paperback: 220 pages
Publishing date: February 7, 2019
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Carol LaHines’ fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Fence, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Denver Quarterly, Cimarron Review, The Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, South Dakota Review, The South Carolina Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Nebraska Review, North Atlantic Review, Sycamore Review, Permafrost, redivider, Literary Orphans, Brain Child Magazine, Literal Latte, and elsewhere. Her short story, “Papijack,” was selected by judge Patrick Ryan as the recipient of the 2017 Lamar York Prize for Fiction. Her short stories and novellas
have also been finalists for the Mary McCarthy Prize from Sarabande Books, the David Nathan Meyerson fiction prize, the New Letters short story award, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society award, and the Disquiet Literary Prize, among others. She lives in New York City and is a graduate of New York University, Gallatin Division.