Lightning Rods

Lightning Rods Helen DeWitt 2011
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20 16 4 8/10 HARDCOVER FICTION English 192 New Directions 0811219437 9780811219433

The long-awaited second novel by the author of “arguably the most exciting debut novel of the decade: The Last Samurai.” (Sam Anderson, New York).“All I want is to be a success. That’s all I ask.” Joe fails to sell a single set of the Encyclopedia Britannica in six months. Then fails to sell a single Electrolux and must eat 126 pieces of homemade pie, served up by his would-be customers who feel sorry for him.

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Critic Reviews

The Millions Garth Risk Hallberg

I wish the other leading American novelists would produce more books in this vein. Come to think of it, I wish Helen DeWitt would, too.

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The Boston Globe Alice Gregory

Helen DeWitt’s “Lightning Rods’’ is funny and ambitious, if not quite so overtly esoteric. More than most books, it benefits from multiple reads.

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The New York Observer Molly Fischer

Lightning Rods is an exercise in novel as extrapolation. Ms. Dewitt’s method is to introduce a device into the world as we know it and systematically explore how the world reacts to that device.

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The New York Times Jennifer Szalai

The basic premise for “Lightning Rods” is so audacious that it might be hard to get past its general conceit, but its true brilliance lies in DeWitt’s careful deployment of language so common that we no longer see it.

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Publishers Weekly Anonymous

Dewitt’s parody of the corporate model is so resolutely poker-faced and mirthless that it simply feels deadly.

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Time Out Chicago Jonathan Messinger

The book is fun, funny and true to sexual dynamics in the office—about as unsexy as could be imagined.

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