See You in Paradise

See You in Paradise
J. Robert Lennon

“Step through a portal into one of Lennon’s tales, and you will find a suburban dystopia peppered with lyricism and wonder, touched with moments of transformation and grace.”The New York Times Book Review

“[See You in Paradise] is a virtuosic performance in original and tricksterish storytelling.”—The Daily Beast

About the Book

The first substantial collection of short fiction from “a writer with enough electricity to light up the country” (Ann Patchett)
“I guess the things that scare you are the things that are almost normal,” observes one narrator in this collection of effervescent and often uncanny stories. Drawing on fifteen years of work, See You in Paradise is the fullest expression yet of J. Robert Lennon’s distinctive and brilliantly comic take on the pathos and surreality at the heart of American life.
In Lennon’s America, a portal to another universe can be discovered with surprising nonchalance in a suburban backyard, adoption almost reaches the level of blood sport, and old pals return from the dead to steal your girlfriend. Sexual dysfunction, suicide, tragic accidents, and career stagnation all create surprising opportunities for unexpected grace in this full-hearted and mischievous depiction of those days (weeks, months, years) we all have when things just don’t go quite right.

Additional Reviews

"Lennon's gift is the ability to imbue mundane and supernatural setups alike with the same humor, gravity and humanity."—Chicago Tribune

"Fresh and funny. . . . Lennon is a keen observer of human nature, with all its delusions and surprising perspicacity."—Boston Globe

See You in Paradise is funny. Delightful. Fun to read. . . . [A] charming, witty peek into Lennon’s imagination.”—Paste