The Thing in the Snow


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$27.99  $26.03
William Morrow & Company
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5.43 X 8.35 X 1.26 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Sean Adams is a founding partner of the award-winning California design firm AdamsMorioka and has been cited as one of the 40 most important people shaping design internationally. A former AIGA national board member and president of AIGA Los Angeles, he teaches at ArtCenter College of Design and is a frequent lecturer and competition judge. Sean is the coauthor of Logo Design Workbook and Color Design Workbook and author of the series Masters of Design. He lives and works in Los Angeles.


"A soaring conflagration of absurdity, mystery, and wry humor. This story reads like a Beckett play, in a Black Mirror episode--with all parts played by comedians. A compelling, imaginative, worrying, and hilarious commentary on purpose, priorities, and leadership. Perfect for anyone who has ever questioned why we let time pass, and occupy ourselves with busywork, when there are things of concern to face." -- Emily Austin, author of Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead

"Who knew there was so much wit in hell? The Thing in the Snow is a mystery, an office satire, and a slow-boil study of madness. Trust nothing in this book save for its deadpan brilliance." -- Ryan Chapman, author of Riots I Have Known

"Sean Adams does a masterful job balancing wry humor, a mind-boggling mystery, fantastic character work, and a major creep factor. This is my favorite kind of book; a story of big ideas that demands to be finished and sticks with you after you're done."
-- Rob Hart, author of The Paradox Hotel

"The Thing in the Snow is mesmerizing, unnerving, and borderline miraculous. With a novel that's at once cozy and unsettling, Adams has composed a lucid anthem for both the brain-fogged and those whose perception is all too clear. . . I couldn't stop thinking about it until I finished it--I haven't stopped thinking about it afterwards, either, but now I'm not so sure that I want to." -- Calvin Kasulke, author of Several People Are Typing

"Imagine Severance alley-ooped to John Carpenter only to be stolen by Kurt Vonnegut for a dunk on the other end. A subtle comedic powerhouse of claustrophobia and frigid workplace bureaucracy."
-- Stephen Markley, bestselling author of Ohio

"Cutting satire. . . . A compelling narrative with unexpected twists and darkly comic turns." -- New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice, on The Heap

"The Heap is dizzying in scale, but at its heart it's an endearing and downright fun story about a man who defies all odds to reestablish a familial link that's been sundered by technology, catastrophe and commerce. . . . The first great science fiction novel of 2020, The Heap is sharp, acidic and sweet." -- NPR

"Like Snowpiercer's train, a George Saunders amusement park, or the fractured cityscape from a Donald Barthelme story, The Heap's Los Verticalés is a sardonic monument to our decadent culture teetering on the brink of collapse. A wry, inventive, and highly original debut." -- Chandler Klang Smith, author of The Sky Is Yours

"[The Heap] recalls elaborate dystopian scenes found in Terry Gillam films. . . . Irresistibly clever commentary steeped in wit and secrets." -- Booklist

"As intellectually playful as the best of Thomas Pynchon and as sardonically warm as the best of Kurt Vonnegut, The Heap is both a hilarious send-up of life under late capitalism and a moving exploration of the peculiar loneliness of the early 21st century. A masterful and humane gem of a novel." -- Shaun Hamill, author of A Cosmology of Monsters

"The strange blend of satire, mystery, and psychological thrills make for a winning combination." -- Publishers Weekly