Fiction. Melba Zuzzo, erstwhile blameless of the male-heavy hamlet of Dan, a city positioned within the foothills of ... someplace? ... reveals herself in a rut. in truth she used to be most likely born into this rut, yet at the present time, for a few cause, she feels unexpectedly conscious of it. every thing is altering, but not anything is making experience. the folk she may well depend upon, the behavior she may still locate comforting—everything is off. it really is as though lifestyles, which has passed by principally disregarded prior to now, has been silently conspiring opposed to her the full time. In DAN, Joanna Ruocco has created a slapstick parable that brings jointly the stressed undercurrents and unabashed campiness of Thomas Pynchon with the meandering inventive audacity of Raymond Roussel. both Dan is a mind set, past the succeed in of any actual map, otherwise it sits on each map neglected, tucked underneath the massive pink dot that tells us YOU ARE HERE.

"Ruocco spins strange shapes out of language, yet now not simply because her pursuits are narrowly linguistic. via reshaping language, she redefines the realm it conjures forth. Her fiction so usually flirts with the wonderful maybe simply because she knows that after language stops working in accordance with its traditional ideas, it creates an alternative fact, swerving clear of what typically counts as 'real.'?"—The Nation

"Ruocco is constantly creative. She tilts the area as we all know it, hard our senses."—Triquarterly

"Joanna Ruocco's DAN is a tiny novel that packs a huge punch."—Bustle

"Ruocco has given critical suggestion to how a lot she will do with language whereas nonetheless keeping a story's integrity... Modernist-style experimentation ain't lifeless but. Giddy, interesting stuff from a author wanting to allow phrases misbehave."—Kirkus

"Ruocco's paintings is state of the art, pushing the confirmed tropes inside modern fiction, calling her readers to interpret and view the nuances of possible daily life."—Publishers Weekly

"This outrageously hilarious e-book can be a caution opposed to how others will fortunately use our desire, our empathy, and our imaginations opposed to us... even whereas they're consuming our sizzling pretzels."—Drunken Boat

"This novel is humorous and clever yet is familiar with the way to stability either deftly sufficient to create a real global out of the thoroughly obtuse."—ASKMEN

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