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Wolf In White Van Paperback – Deckle Edge, Sep 23 2014

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Sept. 23 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443437387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443437387
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A stunning meditation on the power of escape, and on the cat-and-mouse contest the self plays to deflect its own guilt. (New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice))

[A] strange and involving novel . . . about alienation and despair and the search for meaning. . . . What drives Wolf in White Van is Mr. Darnielle’s uncanny sense of what it’s like to feel marginalized, an outsider, a freak. (New York Times)

The prose is spare yet fervent, both distant and rawly exposed, making for an eerie, awkward and compelling novel that immediately demands a second read. (The Guardian)

A quietly devastating book that’s not easily forgotten. (Winnipeg Free Press)

In Darnielle’s novel, as in his songs, the monstrously true and unbelievably beautiful press up against one another. Together, they begin to dance. (NPR)

The next logical step for someone who’s filled 14 studio albums, 23 EPs, and four compilations with relatable characters, dramatic situations, and recognizably literary themes like spirituality, drug addiction, and more. . . . Wolf in White Van is the work of a real writer. (Pitchfork)

An electric debut novel with the sweetest ruminations on Conan the Barbarian ever written. (O Magazine)

[Wolf in White Van] will back you onto your heels with its capacity for inventiveness in structure, story, and line-writing. (GQ)

Sean’s life of minutiae, from simple charcoal drawings hung on the wall to terrible, Conan-inspired cassette tapes, makes his character come to animated, imperfectly perfect life. This attention to detail, this humanity, makes the book a joy. (Paste)

The prose is often cryptic and then stunningly clear, microscopically specific and then audaciously grand. The words soothe for sentences at a time, then strike with blunt force. (Slate)

About the Author

JOHN DARNIELLE’s first novel, Wolf in White Van, was a New York Times bestseller, a National Book Award nominee and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction, and was widely hailed as one of the best novels of the year. He is the writer, composer, guitarist and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and sons.

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