Sugar street / by Jonathan Dee.
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|Crookston Public Library||DEE (Text)||33500013676168||New||In transit||-|
|Moorhead Public Library||DEE (Text)||33500013676150||New||Checked out||10/13/2022|
- ISBN: 9780802160003
- ISBN: 080216000X
- Physical Description: 206 pages ; 22 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2022.
- Copyright: ©2022
"In Jonathan Dee's elegant and explosive new novel, Sugar Street, an unnamed male narrator has hit the road. Rid of any possible identifiers, his possessions amount to $168,548 in cash stashed in an envelope under his car seat. Vigilantly avoiding security cameras, he drives until he hits a city where his past is unlikely to track him down, and finds a room to rent from a less-than-stable landlady whose need for money outweighs her desire to ask questions. He seems to have escaped his former self. But can he? In a story that moves with swift dark humor and insight, Dee takes us through his narrator's attempt to disavow his former life of privilege and enter a blameless new existence. Having opted out of his material possessions and human connections, the pillars of his new self--simplicity, kindness, above all invisibility--grow shakier as he butts up against the daily lives of his neighbors in their politically divided working-class city. With the suspense of a thriller and the grace of our best literary fiction, Dee unspools the details of our unlikely hero's former life and his developing new one in a drumbeat roll up to a shocking final act. Dee has been compared by the Wall Street Journal to authors such as Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Egan for his expansive, contemporary, social novels; Sugar Street is a leaner, more personal, but still uncannily timely look at the volatile America of today. A risky, engrossing, and surprisingly visceral story about a white man trying to escape his own troubling footprint and start his life over"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 September #1
This compelling and thrilling novel begins with an unnamed narrator on the run with an envelope full of money and one plan, to disconnect from all technology. After abandoning his car, he hides in a working-class neighborhood where immigrants are being terrorized by ICE. He lives in a room rented from a cantankerous landlady, Autumn, who is suspicious of his every move. He allows himself the luxury of only a small radio, and he spends his days surreptitiously watching the dynamics of the local children as if they are a TV show. Diligently avoiding all security cameras, he wanders the city, constantly ensuring his digital footprint is nonexistent. While very different than Dee's last novel, the expansive and much-praised The Locals (2017), his latest shares some traits of his earlier fiction in the setting and how he depicts the violence and destruction of governmental policies. His humor is reminiscent of Jean-Philippe Toussaint's Television (1997), and the propulsive plot echoes Dave Eggers' You Shall Know Our Velocity (2003). Dee's impressive versatility is on display once again in this scintillating and entertaining tale. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
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