Add this book to bookshelf
Grey 902feb64d8b6d481ab8ddda06fbebbba4c95dfa9b7936a7beeb197266cd8b846
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey 902feb64d8b6d481ab8ddda06fbebbba4c95dfa9b7936a7beeb197266cd8b846
Spinner ae25b23ec1304e55286f349b58b08b50e88aad5748913a7eb729246ffefa31c9
You & Me - A Novel - cover

You & Me - A Novel

Padgett Powell

Publisher: Ecco

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

Padgett Powell, author of the acclaimed The Interrogative Mood and “one of the few truly important American writers of our time” (Sam Lipsyte), returns with a hilarious Southern send-up of Samuel Beckett’s classic Waiting for Godot. 
Truly a master of envelope-pushing, post-postmodern American fiction, in a class with Nicholas Baker and Lydia Davis, Powell brilliantly blends the sublime, the trivial, and the oddball in You & Me, as two loquacious gents on a porch discuss all manner of subjects, from the mundane to the spiritual to the downright ridiculous. 
At once outrageously funny and profound, You & Me is yet another brilliant, boundary-bursting masterwork, proving once again that, “there are few writers who understand both the beauty and the absurdity of language as well as Padgett Powell” (Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang) and that, “Padgett Powell is one of the best writers in America, and one of the funniest, too” (Ian Frazier). 
You & Me: A Novel won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction.

Who read this book also read:

  • Trailer Park Elegy - cover

    Trailer Park Elegy

    Cornelia Hoogland

    • 0
    • 5
    • 0
    In response to her brother's sudden death, Cornelia Hoogland explores the shift in gravity his dramatic absence creates. Set on the Salish Sea on Vancouver Island's east coast, Trailer Park Elegy reaches back two thousand years to the First Peoples, as well as to the brother whose delight was summers spent at Deep Bay.  
    			 
    Hoogland looks to her child-experiences of death, as well as to literature, chaos theory, dark matter, geological time and the effect of noise pollution on whales. She turns grief round and round, enlarges it, pushes beyond received ideas of closure and grief's stages. Death is not only part of life; the dead assign their unfinished work to the living. Hoogland's narrator puts in the time. Listens. Attends. But the responsibility for connection belongs as much to the dead as to the living.  
    			 
    The book's form, a long poem, provides thematic coherence for the multiple contingencies that disturb the narrator's present. Like keeping balls up in the air, Hoogland expertly catches and tosses, thus sustaining her imaginative energies throughout the book. Here she is, contemplating the cliché that life flashes before the eyes of the dying, or questioning the memories stored in her body like trauma or fat, when suddenly there she is, fifty years earlier, constructing the highway at the accident site. The reader participates in Hoogland's excavations as she leans in, digs up an absurdity, hits a fault line. Similarly, she inquires deeply into her brother's life, listening for what he reveals. Through spare, never-sentimental language, Hoogland's lyric resources are adequate to human loss and suffering. "I see reflected in my daughters' faces / the story my brother animates. / He opens his hands, / shapes a funnel his life / pours through." 
     
    "Part emotional excavation and part memorial, Trailer Park Elegy is a deeply moving meditation on how to be present when "[t]he worst has already happened". Retracing her brother's steps in the wake of his untimely passing, Cornelia Hoogland attends to grief until "the field of his death / becomes my field", and little by little, her brother's life overlaps with her own as a kind of dark matter. An intensely poignant, heart-rending read." 
     
     
     
    -Jim Johnstone, author of The Chemical Life
    Show book
  • The Trial - cover

    The Trial

    Franz Kafka, Nick Gill

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    A timeless tale of ordinary terror. Josef K’s thirty-fifth birthday begins with a knock on his door. Three sinister agents have arrived from an unidentified agency to arrest him for unidentified crimes. But this is no birthday prank – this is life or death. So begins K’s dark descent into a waking nightmare of bizarre humiliations and compulsive procedures.
    Show book
  • A Beautiful Composition of Broken - cover

    A Beautiful Composition of Broken

    r.h. Sin

    • 2
    • 15
    • 0
    A Beautiful Composition of Broken is inspired by some of the events expressed artistically by Samantha King in the bestseller Born to Love, Cursed to Feel. It serves as a poetic documentary of the lives of people who have been mistreated, misunderstood, and wrongfully labeled in a way that limits them in this world. The author’s most personal volume yet, A Beautiful Composition of Broken builds a conceptual bridge between r.h. Sin’s earliest work and his forthcoming series, Planting Gardens in Graves.
    Show book
  • Whiskey Words & a Shovel I - cover

    Whiskey Words & a Shovel I

    r.h. Sin

    • 1
    • 12
    • 0
    Originally released in 2015, this re-rerelease packs the same punch as the first version, but makes an even greater connection with the soul of the reader. Each piece has been re-seen and revamped to reflect the author’s continuing journey with his partner, Samantha King, without whom this book would not exist. Samantha is the muse, the “she” the writer speaks of; she is every woman who has felt like she wasn’t good enough, and every woman who struggles to find love.   
    Show book
  • Outside Mullingar (TCG Edition) - cover

    Outside Mullingar (TCG Edition)

    John Patrick Shanley

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    "In the work of John Patrick Shanley, the truth is as charming as it is painful, reality as touched with magic as it is factual, and existence as absolute as it is illusory."—BOMB magazine 
    For Anthony and Rosemary, introverted misfits straddling forty, love seems unlikely. In this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately, deeply moving. Set in the Irish countryside, Outside Mullingar has been dubbed the "Irish Moonstruck" and will premiere on Broadway in 2014, starring Debra Messing and Brian F. O'Byrne and helmed by Doug Hughes, the Tony Award–winning director of Doubt. 
    John Patrick Shanley is from the Bronx. His plays include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, and Dirty Story. His trilogy Church and State began with Doubt, followed by Defiance and Storefront Church. For his play Doubt, the playwright received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He has nine films to his credit, including the five-time Oscar-nominated Doubt with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis. Other films include Five Corners, Alive, Joe Versus The Volcano, and Live From Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination). For Moonstruck, he received both the Writers Guild Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Shanley the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing.
    Show book
  • Prodigal Son (TCG Edition) - cover

    Prodigal Son (TCG Edition)

    John Patrick Shanley

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    -Premiering at Manhattan Theatre Club in January 2016, with John Patrick Shanley also directing.-This production marks the third collaboration between MTC and Shanley (MTC also produced Doubt and Outside Mullingar.- Shanley is the author of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play Doubt, which was also made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.- Doubt is one of TCG’s all-time best-selling plays.- Shanley received an Academy Award and a Writers Guild Award for his screenplay for Moonstruck- Shanley also received the 2009 Writers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing
    Show book