The New and Improved Romie Futch
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About the Author
Julia Elliott's fiction has appeared in Tin House, the Georgia Review, Conjunctions, Fence, and other publications. She has won a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award, and her stories have been anthologized in Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, Best American Fantasy, and Best American Short Stories. Her debut story collec-tion, The Wilds, was chosen by Kirkus, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Electric Literature as one of the Best Books of 2014 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. She is currently working on a novel about hamadryas ba-boons, a species she has studied as an amateur primatolo-gist. She teaches English and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where she lives with her daughter and husband. She and her spouse, John Dennis, are founding members of the music collective Grey Egg.
The New and Improved Romie Futch is a wildly inventive first novel which not only contains some of the most genuinely funny scenes I've read in recent memory, but also contains some truly evocative, poetic prose that will make word nerds swoon when they read it. Simply put, The New and Improved Romie Futch easily ranks as one of my favorite reads of 2015, and I guarantee you'll read this exceptional debut novel in one sitting.
The New and Improved Romie Futch announces Elliott as an undeniably original voice.
The novel's neatest trick is aligning Romie's distress over his own future, which once seemed so boundless, with broader anxieties about what environmental and technological monstrosities the 21st century may bring.
The New and Improved Romie Futchnot only marks the arrival of one of the funniest, smartest, and most unnerving novels you'll read this year, but also a vision for Southern literature that could only have sprung from Julia Elliott's wild, devastating, and wholly original imagination. Consider me a fan for life.--Laura van den Berg, author of FIND ME: A Novel
Romie Futchis a wry delicacy of a novel, but also a wild boar--crashing and thrashing and swerving through unexpected twists.
Author Julia Elliott is awesome, and readers will cheer on both Romie and Hogzilla and then Google the author to discover her other books and her cool band.
The New and Improved Romie Futch romps wildly through a land of feral mutants and monsters of a more civilized kind. But at the story's core is a heartsick man who believes he can be better. In this exceptionally imaginative and funny novel, high culture collides with low, the future torments but also soothes, and the grotesque beauty of our humanity shines through it all.--Diane Cook, author of MAN V. NATURE
In The New and Improved Romie Futch, debut novelist Julia Elliott punches above her weight class, which is not to say that she can't pull off the crackling inner life of a middle-aged, divorced, biologically enhanced taxidermist, but to say with admiration, she has