Ivyland

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It’s spring in Ivyland . . .

Debut novelist Miles Klee takes a landscape of drugs, decay, loss and, perhaps, hope, and manages to make the ensemble wryly funny: something only a few notable contemporaries such as Jeff Vandermeer and Michael Chabon have been able to do. Post-urban New Jersey is instantly ...
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Overview

It’s spring in Ivyland . . .

Debut novelist Miles Klee takes a landscape of drugs, decay, loss and, perhaps, hope, and manages to make the ensemble wryly funny: something only a few notable contemporaries such as Jeff Vandermeer and Michael Chabon have been able to do. Post-urban New Jersey is instantly recognizable in this interlinked series of short vignettes.

. . . and Lev’s living room is puddles of water and sun, and a bunch of those furry caterpillars are hauling themselves from surface to surface.

Populated by a bumbling, murderous citizenry of corrupt cops, innocents, ravenous addicts, lovesick geniuses, and cynical adventurers, Ivyland operates in the shadow of a giant pharmaceutical corporation that thrives on people’s weaknesses . . . and may have an even more sinister agenda. It’s our world, only a bit more extreme, and lovingly, precisely depicted with the adept skills native to a master of dark humor.
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Set in Ivyland, a New Jersey town that has been purchased and completely taken over by Endless Nutraceuticals, a mysterious and possibly sinister pharmaceutical giant, Klee's debut novel follows the interconnected lives of a menagerie of Ivyland residents as they attempt to live in this postmodern wasteland of drugs and despair. Central to the plot are Aidan and Henri, a pair of bumbling friends who must reckon with a group of pilgrims camping out on their front lawn, as well as their growing realization that their lives are going nowhere; Cal, Aidan's astronaut brother whose mission to the moon is coming to a catastrophic end; and DH, a desperate addict who finds himself assisting a renegade surgeon as they travel across America in search of gullible patients and their next fix. Wildly hopscotching its way through time, the novel offers some haunting imagery and poignant moments, but after a delightfully manic and sharply intelligent first half, the novel stagnates, burdened by the necessity of resolving the multiple plots it has set in motion. Klee is undoubtedly a formidable talent in the making—he can make sentences crackle with an intensity and humor not seen since David Foster Wallace—but in the end, his highly ambitious premise proves too much for him. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935928614
  • Publisher: OR Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012

Meet the Author

Miles Klee was born in Brooklyn. He studied at Williams College under writers Jim Shepard, Andrea Barrett and Paul Park, and now lives in Manhattan. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Awl, The Huffington Post, The New York Observer, Salon, The Millions, and many other publications, online and off-.
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