A Floating Life

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Arcade Recording Circuit, 2012 - Fiction - 296 pages
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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

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User Review  - Zoe Brooks - Goodreads

I often read blogs, in which writers give advice to other writers. Some of the advice is good, some of it obvious and some of it suggests the writer has not read many books. One example of the latter ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jaksen - Goodreads

I'm sort of in the middle about this book. I've never read a book quite like this, sort of hallucinatory, a little bit uncertain (of where the narrator is) but it's well-written and flows along like a ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Tad Crawford grew up in the artists' colony of Woodstock, New York. A graduate of Columbia Law School, he campaigned for artists' rights as an attorney and drafted the artists' moral rights law enacted in New York State. The author of many nonfiction books, including Legal Guide for the Visual Artist and The Secret Life of Money, his writing has appeared in venues such as Art in America, The Café Irreal, Confrontation, Communication Arts, Family Circle, Glamour, Guernica, The Nation, and Writer's Digest. The founder and publisher of Allworth Press, he lives in New York City.

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