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Dalkey Archive Press, 2002 - Fiction - 182 pages
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The debut novel from the author of Blood Lake, a collection of short stories that was critically acclaimed and landed on the Los Angeles Times best-seller list. An adventure in the absurd, Iceland begins with our narrator, Paul, arriving at a mysterious "Institute" to pick out - on doctor's orders - a new internal organ. There he meets Emily, a young, bikini-clad woman hired to stimulate the organs preserved in a nutrient-enhanced swimming pool, and falls in love amidst a flurry of chlorine and kick-boards. In Jim Krusoe's world, this is about as simple as life gets. Paul's brief interlude with Emily sets the course for his extraordinary adventures, which involve a troublesome stain on Paul's rug, a volcano, Paul's marriage and children, six years in a piano bar with a girl named Calypso Sally, and a long stretch in the State Penitentiary. But throughout it all Paul keeps re-imagining that first afternoon by the poolside with Emily, his one true love. Iceland is a novel of melancholic hilarity that raises serious questions along the way about the nature of memory, imagination, and desire.

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User Review  - piccoline - LibraryThing

An odd little book, but funny and unpredictable. Krusoe's narrator's voice is charming and matter-of-fact, and the novel captures a quiet sense of melancholy that rings true. A recommended effort ... Read full review

Iceland (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))

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When Paul, a typewriter repairman afflicted with "orgagenic disintegration," needs an organ replacement, he visits an institute to pick one out. He has a whirlwind poolside affair with the nubile ... Read full review


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Jim Krusoe teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Antioch University and at Santa Monica College.

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