In Percival Everett's sixth book of dark, comic moralizing on the fate of the planet, its people, and the absurd Meaning of It All, readers are taken into the pitiable life of Alice Achitophel, a grotesquely obese government clerk, social outcast, and, apparently, the world's only fertile woman in the aftermath of worldwide nuclear holocaust. The ultimate question is humanity's survival. -- San Francisco Chronicle New American Writing Award
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