Wichita

Wichita

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by Thad Ziolkowsky
     
 

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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

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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 bi-polar younger brother, who shows off a new tattoo on his chest: In Loving Memory of Seth Chopik.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Guggenheim fellow Ziolkowski’s first serious jump from poetry to fiction tells the story of Lewis, a recent graduate returning from the Ivy League to his hometown of Wichita, Kans. An offhand, remote tone mirrors his aimless detachment after he deliberately turns his back on the academic life his father and grandparents wanted for him and moves back into his mother’s house. Lewis’s mother, Abby, is a New Ager starting a business chaperoning storm-chasing tourists. She’s also in a polyamorous experiment, and her house is full of offbeat characters, including an ageing hippie who is making psychedelic drugs. The novel ambles along affably enough while Lewis takes stock of his problems: the futility of trying to please his father; his younger, bipolar brother Seth, who seems on the brink of a breakdown; and the ex-girlfriend he still loves taking up with his nemesis, a rich, entitled Rhodes scholar. Throughout, Seth’s manic behavior amps up, Lewis plans his escape from Kansas, and Abby continues her alternative lifestyle alongside her two sons, until a true storm sweeps through, forcing the three of them to face the tensions they’ve been avoiding. Solidly captivating, and subtly twisted. Agent: Ryan Harbage, Fischer-Harbage Agency. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609450700
Publisher:
Europa
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,098,360
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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.

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Wichita 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Not all novels need to sweep across time and space. A couple of months with this wacky, interesting family in Kansas gives a surprisingly complete picture of people and their loves, loyalties, wounds and losses. Each character, however minor, vibrates on their own frequency. How great to find a "new" writer so accomplished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
fjbusch More than 1 year ago
Wichita is a great and rewarding read. Ziolkowski's characters examine life on several different levels and take the reader on an emotional ride, all told through amazing and poetic descriptions of nature and art historical observations across the backdrop of mid-America. Now I know why "Lewis" wrote this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'Sparkling debut' says Kirkus Review, and it is!