By Joanna Ruocco
Fiction. Melba Zuzzo, erstwhile blameless of the male-heavy hamlet of Dan, a city positioned within the foothills of ... someplace? ... unearths herself in a rut. in reality she used to be most likely born into this rut, yet this day, for a few cause, she feels without warning conscious of it. every thing is altering, but not anything is making experience. the folks she may possibly depend on, the conduct she may still locate comforting—everything is off. It's as though existence, which has passed by principally omitted prior to now, has been silently conspiring opposed to her the complete time. In DAN, Joanna Ruocco has created a slapstick parable that brings jointly the stressed undercurrents and unabashed campiness of Thomas Pynchon with the meandering creative audacity of Raymond Roussel. both Dan is a frame of mind, past the achieve of any actual map, in any other case it sits on each map ignored, tucked underneath the large pink dot that tells us you're HERE.
"Ruocco spins strange shapes out of language, yet no longer simply because her pursuits are narrowly linguistic. via reshaping language, she redefines the area it conjures forth. Her fiction so usually flirts with the glorious possibly simply because she knows that once language stops working in accordance with its usual ideas, it creates another truth, swerving clear of what more often than not counts as 'real.'?"—The Nation
"Ruocco is continually artistic. She tilts the area as we all know it, tough our senses."—Triquarterly
"Joanna Ruocco's DAN is a tiny novel that packs an immense punch."—Bustle
"Ruocco has given critical proposal to how a lot she will be able to do with language whereas nonetheless retaining a story's integrity... Modernist-style experimentation ain't useless but. Giddy, interesting stuff from a author wanting to enable phrases misbehave."—Kirkus
"Ruocco's paintings is state-of-the-art, pushing the confirmed tropes inside of modern fiction, calling her readers to interpret and consider the nuances of probably daily life."—Publishers Weekly
"This outrageously hilarious publication is additionally a caution opposed to how others will fortunately use our desire, our empathy, and our imaginations opposed to us... even whereas they're consuming our sizzling pretzels."—Drunken Boat
"This novel is humorous and clever yet is familiar with tips on how to stability either deftly sufficient to create a real global out of the thoroughly obtuse."—ASKMEn
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