Nell Zink’s debut novel follows wry protagonist Tiffany through a series of somewhat-depressing adulteries that ultimately prove her sweet-at-times marriage pretty much failed. Energetic, sexy, and absurdly funny enough to make you want to read it all in one sitting, yet filled with colloquialisms so perfectly worded and so apparently well researched environmental-activism-wise you’ll want to savor all 193 pages.
Eco-terrorism, infidelity, drugs, anal sex, bird-watching. Unhinged and all the more fun for it.
The incredible breakout novel by one of the sharpest, funniest, most inventive writers of our time.
“Who is Nell Zink? She claims to be an expatriate living in northeast Germany. Maybe she is; maybe she isn’t. I don’t know. I do know that this first novel arrives with a voice that is fully formed: mature, hilarious, terrifyingly intelligent, and wicked. The novel is about a bird-loving American couple that moves to Europe and becomes, basically, eco-terrorists. This is strange, and interesting, but in between is some writing about marriage, love, fidelity, Europe, and saving the earth that is as funny and as grown-up as anything I’ve read in years. And there are some jokes in here that a young Don DeLillo would kill to have written. I hope he doesn’t kill Nell Zink.” (Keith Gessen)
About the Author
Nell Zink was born in 1964 in southern California and grew up in rural Virginia. She attended Stuart Hall School and the College of William and Mary, where she majored in philosophy. Rather late in life she received a doctorate in Media Studies from the University of Tübingen, Germany. Her novel Mislaid was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2015. The Wallcreeper is her first book.
“Nell Zink is a writer of extraordinary talent and range. Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know. You might not want to believe this, but her sentences and stories are so strong and convincing that you'll have no choice.” —Jonathan Franzen
“Nell Zink's heady and rambunctious debut novel . . . moves at breakneck speed. . . . Wake up, this book says: in its plot lines, in its humor, in its philosophical underpinnings and political agenda. I'll pay it the highest compliment it knows—this book is a wild thing.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Zink's debut novel doesn't need a celebrity blurb. . . . Its premise is so good it endorses itself.” —Wired
“Peppered with witty one-liners, Zink's portrayal of a young American couple that moves to Europe is strange, hilarious, and utterly captivating.” —Harper's Bazaar