Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World: A Novel

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Macmillan, Jun 5, 2012 - Fiction - 192 pages
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"A dark, suburban fantasy . . . richly funny, even whimsical, and bizarrely familiar." —The New Yorker

In the seaside community of Donald Antrim's Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, the citizens are restless. The mayor has fired stinger missiles into the Botanical Garden reflecting pool, and his public execution was a messy affair. As these hawkish suburbanites fortify their houses with deadly moats and land mines, a former third-grade teacher named Pete Robinson steps forward with a tenuous bid to replace the mayor. But can anyone satisfy the terrible will of the people? By turns funny and phantasmagorical, fiercely intelligent and imaginative, Donald Antrim's story of suburban civics turned macabre is a new American classic.


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User Review  - RandyMetcalfe - LibraryThing

Most of the sinks in Pete Robinson’s town are clogged. Maybe that’s a sign of something. But if it is, it’s merely the tip of the iceberg because there are claymore mines planted in the public park ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Civilization's thin crust tears again. Atavistic violence bubbles up in a small oceanside Florida (maybe) town in this not- quite black comedy, Antrim's debut. What horror befell little Sarah Miller ... Read full review

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Donald Antrim is the critically acclaimed author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers,and The Verificationist, as well The Afterlife, a memoir about his mother. A regular contributor toThe New Yorker, he has also been the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Public Library. He lives in New York City.

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