The Eggplant Curse and the Warp Zone


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7.13 Books
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.52 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Shawn Rubenfeld's fiction has appeared in such places as Permafrost, Columbia Journal, and Portland Review. He has a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is currently a lecturer.


"From the streets of New York to the cornfields of Iowa, Shawn Rubenfeld's debut novel is a joyous romp into the mysteries of love, betrayal, and renewal. I laughed out loud at Joshua's travels and travails as he finds himself, newly divorced and stranded in a small midwestern town teaching with faked credentials at a boarding school. And what a school it is! These pages are full of original characters who straddle the landscape with a stoicism, wit, and strangeness that befuddles a world weary New Yorker, forcing him to re-examine everything he knows. A cross between Alice wandering the Wonderland and Gulliver discovering his giantism and talking horses, Joshua staggers from one outpost to the next, uncertain about an identity that almost everyone he encounters questions and ultimately shreds. The conclusion is a lovely tour de force that will leave you rooting for our hero to be brave and leap into the unknown." --Jonis Agee, author of The Bones of Paradise and The River Wife

"The Eggplant Curse and the Warp Zone is a comedy of errors, much like Fleishman Is in Trouble, and it is sheer pleasure to watch the narrator navigate, and stumble, through his predicaments. He's a man of his generation, seeking solace in nostalgia, trafficking in obsession, and resisting adulthood...highly entertaining." --Timothy Schaffert, The Swan Gondola

"Deftly interweaving elements of retrogaming, romantic confusion, and real-life fields of play, Shawn Rubenfeld's debut is a comedic romp through cultural isolation and misplaced nostalgia. With echoes of Roth, along with elements of James Joyce, J.D. Salinger, and Andrew Sean Greer, Rubenfeld bookends the absurdity of the present with the exhaustion of the past and the apprehension of the future. A deep dive into the self-trickery brought on by grief, The Eggplant Curse and the Warp Zone is often hilarious, always poignant, and timelessly heartbreaking." --Kim Barnes, author of In the Wilderness