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5.9 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Rob Doyle was born in Dublin. He is the author of the story collection This Is the Ritual and the novel Here Are the Young Men. The latter was chosen as one of Hot Press magazine's "20 Greatest Irish Novels 1916 - 2016" and has been adapted as a forthcoming film. Doyle is the editor of the anthologies The Other Irish Tradition (Dalkey Archive Press), and In This Skull Hotel Where I Never Sleep (Broken Dimanche Press). He has written for the Guardian, Vice, The Dublin Review, and many other publications, and he writes a weekly books column for The Irish Times. He lives in Berlin.


When it comes to reading in an emergency . . . comfort seems to be the order of the day -- old favorites, regressive pleasures, cozy classics. I am here to champion the opposite: the enlivening, more absorbing distractions of disagreement . . .; the deep diversion of a good, cleansing quarrel, especially with a book that is game and gleefully provocative. Threshold, a nettlesome new novel -- surly, ambitious, frequently annoying -- has been my treasured companion of late. - New York Times

Confidently told . . . The masterly narrative pacing brilliantly counterbalances lurid episodes and sometimes terror with devastating wit and epiphany. As ever, Doyle's prose is compulsively readable, and his insights always credible and occasionally astonishing. - Library Journal (starred review)

[Threshold] provides one of the wildest experiences you can have without regrets or hangovers. If you long for your misspent youth--or didn't have one--here you go. - Kirkus Reviews

Rob Doyle . . . is following in the footsteps of his countryman James Joyce by refusing to repeat himself and by pushing his genius beyond ordinary boundaries . . . The book is funny and scary and profoundly compelling . . . Like some 21st century Hemingway with an Irish accent, Doyle is living it up to write it down. - New York Journal of Books

Written in lyrical prose . . . this tragicomic, introspective, and philosophical work beautifully explores the limits of our understanding. - Booklist

His best book so far: riddling, irreverent and fearless. - Times Literary Supplement

A wild, sleazy, drug-filled odyssey . . . Doyle's maverick novel deserves the accolades coming its way. - Independent

Dark, misanthropic, provocative; Doyle's writing really 'goes there, ' and emerges triumphant. - Irish Times

Doyle's musings are always intriguing and often enlightening, offering a glimpse of the anxious yet pleasing rationale of a mind struggling to live in a rational world. - Publishers Weekly

The Great Modern Drug Novel . . . Threshold innovatively merges the first-person intimacy of memoir, journalistic research, and the deathless hedonism of untethered youth--with a light touch. . . . In our new reality of high indoors, we look to books to take us somewhere. Threshold takes us everywhere. - Inside Hook

If this blurb were a movie title it would go like this: Threshold, or, how I learned to stop worrying (about what sort of novel this is) and love the narrator, whose brilliance and humor on drugs and literature, sex and boredom and death, leave me in awe. - Rachel Kushner, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of THE MARS ROOM

Threshold is extraordinary, quite unlike anything I've read before. It's intimate, a revelation in the literal sense of that word, and yet it's full of curiosity. It's hit me right in the gut, made me think about my own life and the things that I've done in it. It's fearless and challenging, inventive and compulsive, unique and utterly heartfelt. A book that will stay with me for a very long time. Masterful. - John Boyne, author of THE HEART'S INVISIBLE FURIES

The geographic and intellectual peregrinations of Threshold cover a great deal of terrain: tripping (both the drug and day variety), vast swathes of Europe, reading, loneliness, sex. Rob Doyle's portrait of the artist as a youngish man, filtered through the sieve of his refined prose, is the modern-day odyssey of a traveler who doesn't quite have a home to return to except for the expansive vistas of his own roving mind. - Teddy Wayne, author of LONER

Ecce homo! Threshold is audacious (never more so than when most abject), daring and deranged, endlessly entertaining, furiously funny and - to hurtle to the other end of the alphabet - wonderful. Above all, it's a highly original attempt to engage, formally, with Nietzsche's dangerous question: 'how much truth can one mind [or novel] bear?' - Geoff Dyer, author of JEFF IN VENICE, DEATH IN VARANASI

Rob Doyle has outdone himself. Threshold is one of those novels where underlining notable lines would be a very bad idea, as you'd absolutely mangle the paper . . . It's the kind of work you have to come down from--playful, potent, lurid, moving and fearless. I'm sure it'll be bouncing around my head for a long time yet. - Lisa McInerney, author of THE GLORIOUS HERESIES

This is the type of brilliant, maverick achievement that sets a (young) writer apart. Wonderfully readable and with a skein of black comedy running through it that serves to highlight the seriousness of Doyle's intent. A Pilgrim's Progress for our time. - Mike McCormack, author of the Booker Prize-longlisted SOLAR BONES

Threshold is Rob Doyle's best book yet, a thrilling mutation somewhere between novel, essay collection, report, travelogue and confession. Doyle is a Romantic wandering in the post-sublime, a zealot without a cause, and his is a journey you don't want to miss. - Chris Power, author of MOTHERS

Threshold is about inhabiting the space between the mundane and the sublime . . . Transcendence can certainly be found in things like magic mushrooms . . . but it also be found in love and language, which are themselves gateways and thresholds. This marvelous book knows that and leads us toward them. - Irish Central Review