Paper $14.00 ISBN: 9780226143897 Published June 2005
E-book $14.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226149202 Published August 2012

Slouching Towards Kalamazoo

A Novel

Peter De Vries

Slouching Towards Kalamazoo
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Peter De Vries

With a new Foreword by Derek De Vries
246 pages | 5-1/4 x 8 | © 1983, 2005
Paper $14.00 ISBN: 9780226143897 Published June 2005
E-book $14.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226149202 Published August 2012
It is 1963 in an unnamed town in North Dakota, and Anthony Thrasher is languishing for a second year in eighth grade. Prematurely sophisticated, young Anthony spends too much time reading Joyce, Eliot, and Dylan Thomas but not enough time studying the War of 1812 or obtuse triangles. A tutor is hired, and this "modern Hester Prynne" offers Anthony lessons that ultimately free him from eighth grade and situate her on the cusp of the American sexual revolution. Anthony's restless adolescent voice is perfectly suited to De Vries's blend of erudite wit and silliness—not to mention his fascination with both language and female anatomy—and it propels Slouching Towards Kalamazoo through theological debates and quandaries both dermatological and ethical, while soaring on the De Vriesian hallmark of scrambling conventional wisdom for comic effect.
Adam Kirsch | New York Sun

"With luck, a writer capable of producing both Slouching Towards Kalamazoo and The Blood of the Lamb will not remain unappreciated for long."

Paul Gray | Time
"The fine cutting edge of his comic vision comes, as always, from the sense that there is hell to pay."
Thomas Meehan | New York Times
"Anyone who has never read him could perhaps find no better place to start than with [Slouching towards Kalamazoo]. . . . It is vintage De Vries."
William Giraldi | The Millions
“De Vries was an editor at Poetry magazine, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of some two dozen of the wittiest novels you’ll ever read, including the masterworks The Blood of the Lamb and Slouching Toward Kalamazoo, as well as The Tunnel of Love and Reuben, Reuben, just resurrected in handsome paperback by the University of Chicago Press. . . . Only those with a consummate lack of cleverness wield the word ‘clever’ as an insult, and De Vries demonstrates just how much can be done with a creative intelligence charged by the clever and satirical and ironic. Let us now praise those saints at the University of Chicago Press who possess the smarts and good taste to return to print a peerless American maestro of wit.”
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