Idiopathy: A Novel
A debut novel of love, narcissism, and ailing cattle
Idiopathy (?d?'?p??i): a disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.
Idiopathy: a novel as unexpected as its title, in which Katherine, Daniel, and Nathan—three characters you won't forget in a hurry—unsuccessfully try to figure out how they feel about one another and how they might best live their lives in a world gone mad. Featuring a mysterious cattle epidemic, a humiliating stint in rehab, an unwanted pregnancy, a mom–turned–media personality ("Mother Courage"), and a workplace with a bio-dome housing a perfectly engineered cornfield, it is at once a scathing satire and a moving meditation on love and loneliness. With unusual verbal finesse and great humor, Sam Byers neatly skewers the tangled relationships and unhinged narcissism of a self-obsessed generation in a remarkable, uproarious first novel.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hairball - LibraryThing
Grim book about a grim bunch of people, except the whole thing is supposed to be a comedy, and does have some funny moments. I read a review in the NYT, but methinks I didn't read it all the way ... Read full review
IDIOPATHYUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A darkly comic novel turns bleaker and sadder as a generation of perennially adolescent Britons struggles to find love, or meaning, or maturity or something.The front page of the debut novel by Byers ... Read full review