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Book Title

Life Is Everywhere

Subtitle
A Novel
Author 1
Lucy Ives
Body
Everything that happened was repetition. But it was repetition with a difference. So she dragged along in a spiral, trusting to this form.
 
Manhattan, 2014. It’s an unseasonably warm Thursday in November and Erin Adamo is locked out of her apartment. Her husband has just left her and meanwhile her keys are in her coat, which she abandoned at her parents’ apartment when she exited mid-dinner after her father—once again—lost control.
 
Erin takes refuge in the library of the university where she is a grad student. Her bag contains two manuscripts she’s written, along with a monograph by a faculty member who’s recently become embroiled in a bizarre scandal. Erin isn’t sure what she’s doing, but a small, mostly unconscious part of her knows: within these documents is a key she’s needed all along.
 
With unflinching precision, Life Is Everywhere captures emotional events that hover fitfully at the borders of visibility and intelligibility, showing how the past lives on, often secretly and at the expense of the present. It’s about one person on one evening, reckoning with heartbreak—a story that, to be fully told, unexpectedly requires many others, from the history of botulism to an enigmatic surrealist prank. Multifarious, mischievous, and deeply humane, Lucy Ives’s latest masterpiece rejoices in what a novel, and a self, can carry.
 

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$18.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-204-2
Format
Format
Paperback
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Publication Date
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Subject
Pages
Pages
472
Trim Size
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
Keynote
A virtuosic, radical reimagining of the systems novel by a “rampaging, mirthful genius” (Elizabeth McKenzie)

About the Author

Lucy  Ives
Credit: Andrew Brucker
Lucy Ives is the author of the novels Impossible Views of the World and Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World and the story collection Cosmogony. Her writing has appeared in Aperture, Artforum, frieze, Granta, n+1, and Vogue.
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Lucy Ives reading from and in conversation with Juliet Lapidos on LIFE IS EVERYWHERE, a Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends event at POWERHOUSE Arena

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Tickets start at $10 (plus tax) for general admission, and the event is open to the public. Attendees are required to wear a face mask at all times. Click here for more info and to register for the event. Copies of Life Is Everywhere will be available for purchase at the event and POWERHOUSE Arena's online store

Lucy Ives reading and in conversation with Megan Ewing on LIFE IS EVERYWHERE, presented by Literati Bookstore

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Praise

  • “This pastiche novel boldly explores what drives the creative mind: genius, vanity, grief, love, and mental chaos. Ives is a brilliant, one-of-a-kind maestro, leading this complex orchestra with great aplomb.”Booklist

  • “The novel we thought we’d been reading—#MeToo scandal rocks university!—disassembles itself, becomes something else, and something else again. When we return at the novel’s close to The Incident, it is complicated further, left insistently, uncannily unknowable. . . . Life Is Everywhere reminds us that institutions have the advantages of accumulated power and the time to wait us out. But the rupture has happened. The cracks in the system are exposed, opening opportunities—we just have to take them.”—Jamie Hood, Bookforum
  • “If Lucy Ives is as smart as her novel Life Is Everywhere, then I am in complete awe. The novel is challenging in all the best ways and an absolute joy to read. How many books in one and yet one book. This is great writing.”—Percival Everett
  • “Writing novels is the way Lucy Ives discovers her thoughts about the at once disheartening and marvelous fact of being alive right here, right now. This brilliant and playful novel brims with wisdom.”—Alejandro Zambra, author of Chilean Poet
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