“The narrator of [Lurid & Cute] may be Thirlwell’s best creation yet.”—Andrew Ervin, The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
“Lurid & Cute is a simple story of mayhem and ennui, almost a caper, but told with such satisfying ironies and verbal dexterity that everything is Technicolor again. So alive, so inventive, so very good.”—Joshua Ferris
Lurid & Cute takes place in the suburbs of a giant city, where our narrator lives at home with his parents, together with his wife and dog. He has had a good education and, until recently, a good job. But then the lurid overtakes him—and whether this transformation is caused by our hero’s present unemployment, or his feelings for a girl who is not his wife, or the return of his old friend Hiro, it’s hard to say. What’s definite is that it sets off a chain of events that feels, to those inside it, narcotic and neurotic, like one long and terrible descent—complete with lies, deceit, and chicanery: one orgy, one brothel, and a series of firearms disputes.
About the Author
Adam Thirlwell was born in London in 1978. He is the author of the novels Politics and The Escape; the novella Kapow!; a project about international novels, The Delighted States, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; and of a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney’s. He has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best Young Novelists. His work has been translated into thirty languages. He lives in London.
“Whether he’s writing about the decline and fall of our civilization or a guy who thinks he’s accidentally killed his lover, Thirlwell’s prose bounces us into a fulfilled state of happiness and wonder.”—Gary Shteyngart, Salon
“[A] devious tragicomedy.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
“Marvelously entertaining . . . Thirlwell has written a book that is all malaise.”—Scott Esposito, San Francisco Chronicle
“A novel that baffles, delights, and distresses in equal measure . . . full of the most dazzling imaginative leaps, stunning set pieces, and beautifully stylish prose.”—Alex Preston, Financial Times
“Thirlwell goes in for giddy performance, brilliant improvisation. . . . He revels in the artificiality of text and language, the sheer madeness of books, and part of the pleasure of reading him is to see him take pleasure in the process of making.”—Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic