The French Revolution

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6.08 X 8.26 X 0.85 inches | 0.71 pounds
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About the Author
Matt Stewart made headlines worldwide when he released The French Revolution via Twitter on Bastille Day 2009. His short stories have appeared in Instant City, McSweeney's, and Opium Magazine, among other venues, and, when the moonlight strikes just right across the alpine lake in his mind, he's been known to blog for The Huffington Post. For more on Matt's adventures, visit http: //
Praise for The French Revolution

Selected as a Best Book of 2010 by the San Francisco Chronicle

"Stewart's zany debut cleverly reimagines the central events of the French Revolution in a thrilling novel that explores the meaning of success and the unlikely bonds that unite a family . . . Deep-cutting and full of cartoonish surprises, Stewart's hilariously bawdy satire casts fresh light in a dark corner of the past while portraying a family whose members have somehow survived history." --Booklist

"Stewart writes the sort of sentences that punch holes in a 140-character ceiling and sail out corkscrewing across the bay. From its first pages, which describe the laborious morning ritual of Esmeralda Van Twinklea--a persnickety, ravenous and extremely large cashier in a copy shop--the novel fondly recalls John Kennedy Toole's 1980 classic A Confederacy of Dunces. Stewart's book shares many of its best qualities with Toole's picaresque comedy: Both are deeply satirical and affectionate portraits of a city in all its messy, multiethnic splendor, seen through queasy glimpses over the fleshy shoulders of its obese, big-mouthed protagonist." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Best of all, Stewart's language sparkles, sometimes riffing like Bob Dylan, always moving the narrative forward....easy entertainment in book form." --Kirkus

"[A] whimsical debut." --Publishers Weekly

"So good that I wanted to be where I was going so I could just read it."

"An excellent achievement in storytelling and a unique perspective on family drama. Matt Stewart serves up a delicious dark humor that had me laughing out loud. The French Revolution is a great novel that will stay in your head for years, like a soft cut to the jugular from a sharp guillotine." --Tony DuShane, author of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk

"A wildly imaginative novel of family and out-sized dreams. A book that embraces San Francisco's contradictions--and then some. The French Revolution is over-the-top and I for one am grateful." --Peter Orner, author of Esther Stories and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

"Matt Stewart is a brilliant storyteller. He crafts a character like nobody else. The French Revolution had me engrossed for hours." --Meredith Norton, author of Lopsided

Praise for the first ever Twitter-Released Novel, The French Revolution

"A pioneer." --CNN

"Matt's a great writer." --Bookslut

"Matt Stewart wants to revolutionize literature." --CNN

"With a main character named Esmerelda Van Twinkle, you'd think Matt Stewart wouldn't have much trouble attracting attention to his new novel, The French Revolution." --Wall Street Journal