Helen DeWitt

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ďAll I want is to be a success. Thatís all I ask.Ē Joe had once failed to sell a single set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica in six months. He had once sold a single Electrolux and eaten 126 pieces of homemade pie in a time frame where most salesmen would hope to reverse the ratio of vacuum cleaners to pie. Holed up in his trailer, Joe finds outlet for frustration in a series of ingenious fantasies and at last strikes gold. Lightning Rods, Inc. will improve the lives of millions of Americans, offering an unorthodox solution to the spectre of sexual harassment in the modern office.  

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Lightning Rods is one of the funniest, most unlikely, and most pleasurable novels I have ever read.
If Henry Ford and Henry Miller got together to write a book,
the result would be something like this
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Sheila Heti

Savagely funny and wilfully provocative, Lightning Rods sees Helen DeWitt let her
fearless imagination run riot. A satirist up there with Swift and Orwell...

Anthony Holden

 

October 2011
New Directions

Editor: Jeffrey Yang
Publicist:Tom Roberge
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Cover Design
Rodrigo Corral

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Edward Orloff
McCormick & Williams
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