Dan

By Joanna Ruocco

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Description

Fiction. Melba Zuzzo, erstwhile innocent of the male-heavy hamlet of Dan, a town located in the foothills of ... somewhere? ... finds herself in a rut. In fact she was probably born into this rut, but today, for some reason, she feels suddenly aware of it. Everything is changing, yet nothing is making sense. The people she might rely upon, the habits she should find comforting--everything is off. It's as if life, which has gone by largely unnoticed up to now, has been silently conspiring against her the whole time. In DAN, Joanna Ruocco has created a slapstick parable that brings together the restless undercurrents and unabashed campiness of Thomas Pynchon with the meandering imaginative audacity of Raymond Roussel. Either Dan is a state of mind, beyond the reach of any physical map, or else it sits on every map unnoticed, tucked beneath the big red dot that tells us YOU ARE HERE.

"Ruocco spins unusual shapes out of language, but not because her interests are narrowly linguistic. By reshaping language, she redefines the world it conjures forth. Her fiction so often flirts with the fantastic perhaps because she understands that when language stops operating according to its ordinary rules, it creates an alternate reality, swerving away from what normally counts as 'real.'?"--The Nation

"Ruocco is consistently inventive. She tilts the world as we know it, challenging our senses."--Triquarterly

"Joanna Ruocco's DAN is a tiny novel that packs a massive punch."--Bustle

"Ruocco has given serious thought to how much she can do with language while still preserving a story's integrity... Modernist-style experimentation ain't dead yet. Giddy, intriguing stuff from a writer eager to let words misbehave."--Kirkus

"Ruocco's work is cutting-edge, pushing the established tropes within contemporary fiction, calling her readers to interpret and examine the nuances of seemingly everyday life."--Publishers Weekly

"This outrageously hilarious book is also a warning against how others will happily use our hope, our empathy, and our imaginations against us... even while they are eating our hot pretzels."--Drunken Boat

"This novel is funny and smart but knows how to balance both deftly enough to create a genuine world out of the completely obtuse."--ASKMEN

Product Details

Price: $16.00
Publisher: Dorothy a Publishing Project
Published Date: October 01, 2014
Pages: 152
Dimensions: 5.5 X 0.4 X 6.9 inches | 0.35 pounds
ISBN: 9780989760720
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About the Author

Joanna Ruocco has published several books, including Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych, which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, and DAN (Dorothy, a publishing project). Ruocco also works pseudonymously. Most recently, she published a gothic Victorian romance, Dark Season, as Joanna Lowell. She is an assistant professor of Creative Writing in the English Department at Wake Forest University.

Reviews

"Joanna Ruocco's Dan is a tiny novel that packs a massive punch." Bustle"Ruocco's sentences send off sparks." Kirkus"Ruocco has an ear for sparkling absurdist dialogue and a sense of timing almost unmatched in contemporary American fiction... [Dan] is profoundly strange, but as readable and logical as the writing of Lewis Carroll." The Literary Review"Like a skeleton key Ruocco has found combinations to unlock more doors then we knew we had. If for nothing else, read Dan for the sentences, and the way the words rub up against each other, placed so perfectly that you know they could not have otherwise been arranged." HTMLGIANT"This outrageously hilarious book is also a warning against how others will happily use our hope, our empathy, and our imaginations against us... even while they are eating our hot pretzels." Drunken Boat"Joanna Ruocco is sort of like almost the best writer on planet earth." Queen Mob's Tea House"Dan is a wonderful addition to Ruocco's already accomplished body of work... compelling, artful, and entirely engaging." Tupelo Quarterly"Ruocco's amazing sentences in Dan remind me a lot of Flann O'Brien, both in terms of their humor and Ruocco's ability to write the hell out of any and everything." Forest Gospel"[Dan tells] the story of the hilarious and frightening town of Dan, a place where children are abducted, women disappear, and coydogs mate near the mountains. Maybe more than anything else, it is the story of sensemaking, the way memory, reality, and identity noodle out from between your fingers. All of this is rendered in Ruocco's electric prose, which has been compared to Donald Barthelme, Lydia Davis, and Thomas Pynchon." Heavy Feather Review"This is a book I haven't been able to get out of my mind. It's surreal and dream-like, vivid and compelling. Melba Zuzzo pedals her bicycle through the town of Dan, and we get lost in a strange world where we never know quite what will happen." Necessary Fiction"This novel is funny and smart but knows how to balance both deftly enough to create a genuine world out of the completely obtuse." Askmen
"Joanna Ruocco's Dan is a tiny novel that packs a massive punch." Bustle

"Ruocco's sentences send off sparks." Kirkus

"Ruocco has an ear for sparkling absurdist dialogue and a sense of timing almost unmatched in contemporary American fiction... [Dan] is profoundly strange, but as readable and logical as the writing of Lewis Carroll." The Literary Review

"Like a skeleton key Ruocco has found combinations to unlock more doors then we knew we had. If for nothing else, read Dan for the sentences, and the way the words rub up against each other, placed so perfectly that you know they could not have otherwise been arranged." HTMLGIANT

"This outrageously hilarious book is also a warning against how others will happily use our hope, our empathy, and our imaginations against us... even while they are eating our hot pretzels." Drunken Boat

"Joanna Ruocco is sort of like almost the best writer on planet earth." Queen Mob's Tea House

"Dan is a wonderful addition to Ruocco's already accomplished body of work... compelling, artful, and entirely engaging." Tupelo Quarterly

"Ruocco's amazing sentences in Dan remind me a lot of Flann O'Brien, both in terms of their humor and Ruocco's ability to write the hell out of any and everything." Forest Gospel

"[Dan tells] the story of the hilarious and frightening town of Dan, a place where children are abducted, women disappear, and coydogs mate near the mountains. Maybe more than anything else, it is the story of sensemaking, the way memory, reality, and identity noodle out from between your fingers. All of this is rendered in Ruocco's electric prose, which has been compared to Donald Barthelme, Lydia Davis, and Thomas Pynchon." Heavy Feather Review

"This is a book I haven't been able to get out of my mind. It's surreal and dream-like, vivid and compelling. Melba Zuzzo pedals her bicycle through the town of Dan, and we get lost in a strange world where we never know quite what will happen." Necessary Fiction

"This novel is funny and smart but knows how to balance both deftly enough to create a genuine world out of the completely obtuse." Askmen