The Paper Man

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Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Unnamed Press
Publish Date
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781939419224
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About the Author

Gallagher Lawson is a graduate of U.C. Riverside's Palm Desert M.F.A. program. He has worked as a travel writer and technical writer, and plays classical piano. He lives in Los Angeles.

Reviews


""The Paper Man" is one of the most inspiring and original books I've read in years. Gallagher Lawson has written a lustrous fable comprised of loneliness, blood, and love. "The Wizard of Oz" on laudanum, a Bjork musical in letters, this devastatingly powerful debut challenges us to imagine what it would be like to be made of nothing more than paper, to live in a world where mermaids are murdered and art is the only path to actualization, a world, in many ways, not unlike our fragile own."
--Samuel Sattin, author of "League of Somebodies" and "The Silent End"
"Gallagher Lawson belongs to the new wave of writers using fantastical elements to mine deeper into realist territory. A strong debut from a promising writer of agile talents." --Shane Jones, author of "Light Boxes" and "Crystal Eaters"
"This bizarre, compelling debut combines the darkness and political intrigue of Kafka with the eerie hyperrealism of a Magritte painting. Michael, the Paper Man, is a highly unconventional and persuasive hero, and David Doppelman among the strangest--archnemeses? father figures? manifestations of the self?--I've ever seen in a novel. Gallagher Lawson is a weird and wonderful writer."
--J. Robert Lennon, author of "Familiar" and "See You in Paradise"
""The Paper Man" is one of the most inspiring and original books I've read in years. Gallagher Lawson has written a lustrous fable comprised of loneliness, blood, and love. "The Wizard of Oz" on laudanum, a Bjork musical in letters, this devastatingly powerful debut challenges us to imagine what it would be like to be made of nothing more than paper, to live in a world where mermaids are murdered and art is the only path to actualization, a world, in many ways, not unlike our fragile own."
--Samuel Sattin, author of "League of Somebodies" and "The Silent End"
"Gallagher Lawson belongs to the new wave of writers using fantastical elements to mine deeper into realist territory. A strong debut from a promising writer of agile talents." --Shane Jones, author of "Light Boxes" and "Crystal Eaters"
This bizarre, compelling debut combines the darkness and political intrigue of Kafka with the eerie hyperrealism of a Magritte painting. Michael, the Paper Man, is a highly unconventional and persuasive hero, and David Doppelman among the strangestarchnemeses? father figures? manifestations of the self?I ve ever seen in a novel. Gallagher Lawson is a weird and wonderful writer.
J. Robert Lennon, author of "Familiar" and "See You in Paradise"
""The Paper Man" is one of the most inspiring and original books I've read in years. Gallagher Lawson has written a lustrous fable comprised of loneliness, blood, and love. "The Wizard of Oz" on laudanum, a Bjork musical in letters, this devastatingly powerful debut challenges us to imagine what it would be like to be made of nothing more than paper, to live in a world where mermaids are murdered and art is the only path to actualization, a world, in many ways, not unlike our fragile own."
Samuel Sattin, author of "League of Somebodies" and "The Silent End"
"Gallagher Lawson belongs to the new wave of writers using fantastical elements to mine deeper into realist territory. A strong debut from a promising writer of agile talents." Shane Jones, author of "Light Boxes" and "Crystal Eaters"
"Lawson has created a bizarre world that incorporates ideological and political problems without ever losing its empathy and feeling for his characters. Beautifully written and finely wrought, this novel is a surreal coming-of-age story that considers the boundaries between art and life." "Publishers Weekly"
"Gallagher Lawson s debut novel, "The Paper Man," has a striking, gutsy premise: A young man named Michael who is, as the result of a dreadful accident, made of paper navigates a mysterious, unsettling city by the sea. In addition to inhabiting the existence of this paper man and the peculiar world he moves through, the novel also delves beautifully into thorny philosophical questions about art, identity and transformation." "The Los Angeles Times"
"In the book s subtle allusiveness you can catch glimpses of the "Wizard of Oz," "Star Wars," David Lynch films, Miyazaki s anime fairytales, "The Velveteen Rabbit," "Eyes Wide Shut," and Jose Saramago s fables. No one influence predominates. Days after reading it, certain deeply weird scenes, erotic scenes and destructive scenes featuring paper, are still playing in my mind, still worming through my subconscious, like a waking dream." "The Rumpus"
""The Paper Man" is a rare narrative, announcing the arrival of an outstanding new voice that comfortably inhabits the strange place where literary fiction, surrealism, and gritty fantasy converge." Gabino Iglesias, "Electric Literature"
"In this allegorical tale, Michael s corporeal form is a stand-in for art itself. Lawson gives voice to the artistic yearning to define creative existence." Heather Scott Partington, "Electric Literature"
"A bizarre but engrossing tale about a boy who suffered a childhood accident and was rebuilt out of paper by his father. A decade later, the boy longs to escape from the paper version of his teenage body." "Houston Chronicle"
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