A New York Times Editor's Choice

"Novey’s fleet and vivid novel

examines the nature of personal

agency in life and in fiction"

- The New Yorker

"This book is seared to perfection"

-Heller McAlpin, NPR.org

“...a tour de force.

Delightful and original."


"Defies convention and


―Jim Ruland, LA Review of Books

"I FELL IMMEDIATELY UNDER THE SPELL of this short, strange, glorious novel.


“A lush page-turner, a journey into the unique madness of modern Brazil, and A JOYFUL RIDE into the crazed passion of literary creation itself.”


“...the most sublime novel I've read in a long time.”

-Francisco Goldman