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See You in Paradise

J. Robert Lennon
“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.

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The first substantial collection of short fiction from “a writer with enough electricity to light up the country” (Ann Patchett)

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J. Robert  Lennon
J. Robert Lennon is the author of eight novels, including Broken River, Familiar, Castle, and Mailman, and two story collections. His fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Granta, Harper’s, Playboy, and the New Yorker. He lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches writing at Cornell University.
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  • “[See You in Paradise] is a virtuosic performance in original and tricksterish storytelling.”—The Daily Beast
  • "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
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