"A wild rumpus of a book . . . an exuberant American tale of brothers wrestling demons and each other on opposite poles of their grab bag of a family" (PANK Magazine).
Lewis Chopik has just graduated from Columbia University. Having been dumped by his girlfriend and in flight from the pressures exerted by his ambitious professor father, Lewis returns to Wichita in search of respite at the home of his New-Ager mother, Abby. But when Abby picks Lewis up from the airport, she reveals that she's starting a storm-chasing business and indulging a polyamorous lifestyle. Another unexpected arrival is Seth, Lewis's bipolar younger brother, who shows off a new tattoo on his chest: In Loving Memory of Seth Chopik. Things begin to resemble the land of Oz more than Wichita when Lewis, while minding Seth, joins Abby in the Flint Hills on a storm-chase with her first client.
"[An] honest and raw look at brotherhood and what it means to rediscover your family."--O, The Oprah Magazine
"The world of Wichita
is rich, subtle, and funny, . . . This is a truly striking novel."--Sam Lipsyte, New York Times
is a novel about expectations and outcomes, about what is open and what is veiled. Its emotional terrain is touching and vast."--The New York Times Book Review
"Ziolkowski's humor and trenchant observations make for startlingly gorgeous (and often hilarious) prose even in the midst of emergencies."--Interview Magazine
"[A] sparkling debut . . . There's never a dull moment in a novel which fires us up with snappy and often very funny dialogue."--Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Thad Ziolkowski is the author of Our Son the Arson, a collection of poems, and a memoir, On a Wave, which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award in 2003. In 2008, he was awarded a fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, Artforum, Travel & Leisure and Index. He directs the Writing Program at Pratt Institute. Wichita is his first novel.