Idiopathy

Idiopathy

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Katherine, Daniel, and Nathan evaluate their feelings about each other in a shared world marked by such eccentricities as a mysterious cattle epidemic, an unwanted pregnancy, and a bio-domed workplace housing a perfectly engineered cornfield.

McMillan Palgrave

A debut novel of love, narcissism, and ailing cattle

Idiopathy (?d?'?p??i): a disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.

Idiopathy: a novel as unexpected as its title, in which Katherine, Daniel, and Nathan—three characters you won't forget in a hurry—unsuccessfully try to figure out how they feel about one another and how they might best live their lives in a world gone mad. Featuring a mysterious cattle epidemic, a humiliating stint in rehab, an unwanted pregnancy, a mom–turned–media personality ("Mother Courage"), and a workplace with a bio-dome housing a perfectly engineered cornfield, it is at once a scathing satire and a moving meditation on love and loneliness. With unusual verbal finesse and great humor, Sam Byers neatly skewers the tangled relationships and unhinged narcissism of a self-obsessed generation in a remarkable, uproarious first novel.



Baker
& Taylor

Katherine, Daniel and Nathan evaluate their feelings about each other in a shared world marked by such eccentricities as a mysterious cattle epidemic, an unwanted pregnancy and a bio-domed workplace housing a perfectly engineered cornfield. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, Inc., 2013
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780865477643
0865477647
Branch Call Number: F
F
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 22 cm

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ChristchurchLib Dec 02, 2013

This couldn’t be any more different than Bragg’s novel! The characters are not particularly likeable, in fact not likeable at all – a cynical relentlessly bitchy woman, her former partner, a wildly satirised politically correct couple – but the voices – mostly young except for someone’s mother, a writer of awful self help books – are pretty authentic. Bleak but brilliant.

ChristchurchLib Dec 02, 2013

This couldn’t be any more different than Bragg’s novel! The characters are not particularly likeable, in fact not likeable at all – a cynical relentlessly bitchy woman, her former partner, a wildly satirised politically correct couple – but the voices – mostly young except for someone’s mother, a writer of awful self help books – are pretty authentic. Bleak but brilliant.

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