O Fallen Angel

by Kate Zambreno, Lidia Yuknavitch

On Sale: 01/17/2017

O Fallen Angel

by Kate Zambreno

On Sale: 01/17/2017

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About the Book

The haunting debut novel that put Kate Zambreno on the map, O Fallen Angel, is a provocative, voice-driven story of a family in crisis—and, more broadly, the crisis of the American family—now repackaged and with a new introduction by Lidia Yuknavitch.

Inspired by Francis Bacon's Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, Kate Zambreno's brilliant novel is a triptych of modern-day America set in a banal Midwestern landscape, told from three distinct, unforgettable points of view.

There is "Mommy," a portrait of housewife psychosis, fenced in by her own small mind. There is "Maggie," Mommy's unfortunate daughter whom she infects with fairytales. Then there is the mysterious martyr-figure Malachi, a Cassandra in army fatigues, the Septimus Smith to Mommy's Mrs. Dalloway, who stands at the foot of the highway holding signs of fervent prophecy, gaping at the bottomless abyss of the human condition, while SUVs scream past.

Deeply poignant, sometimes hilarious, and other times horrifying, O Fallen Angel is satire at its best. 


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Critical Praise

“The book is visceral and astonishing–there are not many writers like Zambreno out there.” - Bookriot

“Reading Kate Zambreno’s first novel… is like getting a dose of electroshock therapy–a galvanizing current of electricity straight into the brain... O Fallen Angelis blackly funny and brutal, a radical and clear-sighted antidote for banality and complacency. ” - Staff Picks, Paris Review

“... the timing of O Fallen Angel’s re-release fuckedly transitions it from Sad Girl Cult Classic to Great American Novel in écriture féminine.” - Sam Cohen, Weird Sister

“Delirious, uncanny, the tragedy is ecstatic, each sentence pushes you to the next, each chapter to the following. This is the page-turner of experimental work.” - The Paris Review

“But for all its dank humor and brutal dissection of the nuclear family, O Fallen Angel is also a philosophical novel, deeply concerned with the problem of freedom.” - Electric Literature

“In Zambreno’s vision, Trumpism is a disease that’s intertwined with a quintessential American illness, both mental and physical, and a denial of corporeal reality–sex and death in particular–at its root. (I recommend it thoroughly).” - Flavorwire

“Zambreno isn’t writing to change your life, and she isn’t writing to revolutionize the plight of women. She is writing to change the way you experience a story. She is writing to hit you in the gut in the very best way.” - Chicago Review of Books

“Embracing the didactic language of parable while turning it on its head, Zambreno’s punchy, matter-of-fact, repetitive sentences belie repressed emotional truths… The effect is a poetic visit to Middle America, one that’s more likely to expose hypocrisies than generate empathy.” - Huffington Post, Book of the Week

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062572684
  • ISBN 10: 0062572687
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 01/17/2017
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price:18.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Dystopian
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Satire

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