Big Machine: A Novel

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Spiegel & Grau, 2009 - Fiction - 370 pages
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A fiendishly imaginative comic novel about doubt, faith, and the monsters we carry within us.


Ricky Rice was as good as invisible: a middling hustler, recovering dope fiend, and traumatized suicide cult survivor running out the string of his life as a porter at a bus depot in Utica, New York. Until one day a letter appears, summoning him to the frozen woods of Vermont. There, Ricky is inducted into a band of paranormal investigators comprised of former addicts and petty criminals, all of whom had at some point in their wasted lives heard The Voice: a mysterious murmur on the wind, a disembodied shout, or a whisper in an empty room that may or may not be from God.

Evoking the disorienting wonder of writers like Haruki Murakami and Kevin Brockmeier, but driven by Victor LaValle’s perfectly pitched comic sensibility Big Machine is a mind-rattling literary adventure about sex, race, and the eternal struggle between faith and doubt.

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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

Mostly just boring. I started out being intrigued by the plot line, but it all kind of spiraled downhill. The characters seemed to become less likable and less developed as the book went on. Then I ... Read full review

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User Review  - nivramkoorb - LibraryThing

I decided to read this book because it was mentioned in "The End of Life Book Club" so I thought I would give it a try. The author is very talented but overall the story which was full of the super ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

VICTOR LAVALLE is the author of the short-story collection Slapboxing with Jesus and the novel The Ecstatic, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

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