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The weirdness
2014
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"With the literary muscle of Victor LaValle's Big Machine and the outlandish humor of Kevin Smith's Dogma, this debut reveals the dark underbelly of the NY literary scene. At thirty, Billy Ridgeway still hasn't gotten around to becoming a writer; he thinks too much to get anything done, really, except making sandwiches at a Greek deli with his buddy Anil. But the Devil shows up with fancy coffee one morning, promising to make Billy's dream of being published come true: as long as Billy steals The Neko of Infinite Equilibrium, a cat-shaped statue with magical powers, from the most powerful warlock in the Eastern United States. The Devil's bidding sends Billy on a wild chase through New York City, through which Billy discovers his own strength, harnessing his powers as a hell-wolf and finally fighting the warlock face-to-face. God even makes a guest appearance, and He's not who you thought He was. Bushnell's stunningly imaginative debut is about finding meaning in life, confronting your biggest critics,and discovering that a boring life might be the best life of all"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

Billy Ridgeway, as aspiring writer, gets an offer from the Devil of getting his book published if he steals The Neko of Infinite Equilibrium, a statue with magic powers, from a powerful warlock, as Billy surprises himself with his strength and courage. - (Baker & Taylor)

To finally realize his dream of becoming a published author, 30-year-old Billy Ridgeway makes a deal with the Devil that sends him on a wild chase through New York City in search of a cat-shaped statue with magical powers, which he must steal from the most powerful warlock in the Eastern U.S. Original. - (Baker & Taylor)

"This book is wild. And smart. And hilarious. And weird ... in all kinds of good ways. Prepare to be weirded out. And to enjoy it."
—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

What do you do when you wake up hung over and late for work only to find a stranger on your couch? And what if that stranger turns out to be an Adversarial Manifestation—like Satan, say—who has brewed you a fresh cup of fair-trade coffee? And what if he offers you your life's goal of making the bestseller list if only you find his missing Lucky Cat and, you know, sign over your soul?

If you're Billy Ridgeway, you take the coffee. - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

JEREMY BUSHNELL is the fiction editor for Longform.org, and is also the lead developer ofInevitable, a tabletop game released by Dystopian Holdings. He teaches writing at Northeastern University in Boston, and he lives in Dedham, Massachusetts. This is his first novel. - (Random House, Inc.)

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