The Book of Otto and Liam


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$16.95  $15.76
Sarabande Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

Paul Griner is the author of the novels Collectors, The German Woman, and Second Life, and the story collections Follow Me, (a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers choice) and Hurry Please I Want to Know (winner of the Kentucky Literary Award). He teaches writing and literature at the University of Louisville.


"Griner's novel is a powerful excavation into the darkest recesses of grief. . . . Unabashedly polemical, angry, and heartbreaking."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Every so often a writer whose work you've admired makes a sudden leap into new and fertile territory. This is the case with Paul Griner's dazzling new novel, The Book of Otto and Liam. Fast, timely, structurally daring, deeply humane, it is also wildly entertaining, in the best sense of the word: it drives the reader through it by virtue of her natural human feeling of concern. It has something important to teach us about our dangerous national addictions to violence, hostile projection, and political polarization and does so in that classic literary way: by making us care deeply about individual human beings."
--George Saunders, winner of the Man Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo
"The Book of Otto and Liam is a serious and urgent book, with the power to appall, outrage, thrill and make a reader mourn; it is also a very funny book. . . . Griner gives us a story that is at once bursting with life and hollowed out by death, that celebrates our humanity and knows all our dirty secrets. The Book of Otto and Liam is a portrait of us in our present moment, battered by a reckless and deceitful government, battling our own inurement to daily horrors, and doing our best to get on with the business of living."
--"Haunted by Hoax: Paul Griner's The Book of Otto and Liam" by Josh English, The Rumpus