DescriptionThe story of a Republican Congressman, a Victorian taxidermist, and the aardvark that connects them...and all of us.
Early one morning on a hot day in August, millennial Congress-bro Alexander Paine Wilson (R) is planning his reelection campaign when a mysterious FedEx delivery arrives on his doorstep. Inside is a gigantic taxidermied aardvark. What does it mean? To find out, this outrageous, edge-of-your-seat novel hurtles between present day Washington, DC, where Wilson tries to get rid of the unsightly beast before it destroys his career, and Victorian England, where we meet the aardvark's taxidermist and the naturalist who hunted her, and learn the secret that binds them all.
More than a ghost story, a love story, or even a political satire, Enter the Aardvark is a stunningly prescient exploration of the consequences for all of us when repressed male love meets oppressive male power. It is also that rarest of creatures-a work of art so utterly original and masterfully built that it seems to have sprung fully formed from its visionary maker's head.
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About the AuthorJessica Anthony has been a butcher in Alaska, an unlicensed masseuse in Poland, a secretary in San Francisco. In 2017, while writing Enter the Aardvark, Anthony was working as Bridge Guard, guarding the Maria Valeria Bridge between Sturovo, Slovakia and Esztergom, Hungary. Normally, she lives in Maine and teaches at Bates College.
"A truly fresh piece of art...With humor, intelligence, and a keen eye for detail, Anthony paints a frightening picture of this America."-- "Percival Everett, author of Erasure"
"It's a long time since I have enjoyed a novel so much. Fresh, witty and smart, it also has a heart."-- "Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author"
"Weird, wonderful, and very much of the moment, Enter the Aardvark is a landmark political novel of the Trump era...With heart and humor, Anthony expertly skewers our current political climate."-- "Esquire"
[An] utterly unpredictable satire...A wholly original, entertaining, history-infused, and politically engaged novel of the deeds and misdeeds of lonely, repressed men."-- "Booklist"
"In addition to providing a lot of detail about the art of taxidermy, Anthony offers meditations on the interconnectedness of all things. There are also ghosts and Nazis, in case all that isn't enough. Weirdly compelling and compellingly weird."-- "Kirkus Reviews"