A Floating Life will delight lovers of Kafka,Murakami, and the magic realism of Gabriel García Márquez. A nameless narratorawakens to the muddle of middle age, no longer certain who or what he is. Hefinds himself at a party talking to a woman he doesn't know who proves to behis wife. Soon separated but still living in the same apartment, he isthreatened by a litigious dachshund and saddled with a stubborn case oferectile dysfunction in a world that seems held together by increasinglymercurial laws and elusive boundaries. His relationship deepens with an elderlyDutch model maker named Pecheur whose miniature boats are erratically offeredfor sale in a hard-to-find shop called The Floating World. Enlivened byPecheur's dream to tame the destructive forces of nature, the narrator beginsto find his bearings. With quiet humor and wisdom, A Floating Life charts its course among images that surprise anddisorient, such as a job interview in a steam room with a one-eyed, seven-foot-tall chef, a midnight intrusion of bears, and the narrator’s breast feeding of thebaby he has birthed.
"Equalparts science fiction, magic realism, and hard-boiled detective story, AFloating Life is a dizzyingjourney . . . a seamless,spellbinding narrative in the lineage of Borges, Castaneda, and Philip K.Dick."—Kenneth Goldsmith, author of Uncreative Writing