Release Date: August 2012
Price: $15.95 $10.00
eBook Price: $7.99 $5.00
Like the Puritan-era narratives she studies, Hannah Guttentag's early-1990's narrative is a chronicle of the strange places she travels—Nashville, Ithaca, New Orleans, Cleveland, Nebraska—the savages who captivate her—librarians, grad students, professors, her baby—and the redemption she earns.
This novel you are holding is a saucy, heartrending campus romp, full of sex and death, and Nabokovian nods galore. Russell hits all the emotional registers, and provides a moving portrait of an artist, or just a plain old person, struggling to balance it all—inner life and outer life, children, grief, and love." —Heidi Julavits, author of The Vanishers
"Josh Russell is a maniac. Only he would think to combine a modern-day women's captivity narrative with a hilariously cruel academic satire, and sprinkle in a biting exploration of identity politics. Only he would combine them and only he would do it so well. Hannah Guttentag, his protagonist, is a sparkling creation and the story of her 'captivity' is full of cold, dark tribulations, but also, glory be, with sunshine. This book is an ass-kicker so please form an orderly line and you will all get your ass kicked." —Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine & The Devil in Silver