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Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World

A Novel

Donald Antrim

Picador

"A dark, suburban fantasy . . . richly funny, even whimsical, and bizarrely familiar." —The New Yorker

In the seaside community of Donald Antrim’s Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, the citizens are restless. The mayor has fired stinger missiles into the Botanical Garden reflecting pool, and his public execution was a messy affair. As these hawkish suburbanites fortify their houses with deadly moats and land mines, a former third-grade teacher named Pete Robinson steps forward with a tenuous bid to replace the mayor. But can anyone satisfy the terrible will of the people? By turns funny and phantasmagorical, fiercely intelligent and imaginative, Donald Antrim’s story of suburban civics turned macabre is a new American classic.

 

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SEE A TOWN
stucco-pink, fishbelly-white, done up in wisteria and swaying palms and smelling of rotted fruits broken beneath trees: mango, papaya, delicious tangerine; imagine this town rising from coral shoals bleached and cutting upward through bathwater seas: the sunken world of fish. That’s what my wife, Meredith, calls the ocean. Her father was an oysterman. Of course, that trade’s dead now, like so many that once sustained this paradise. Looking from my storm window, I can see Meredith’s people scavenging the shoreline. Down they bend, troweling wet dunes
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Praise for Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World

"Entertaining and mischievously imagined . . . Antrim is a wonderful, truly original comic writer." —San Francisco Chronicle

"A slice of sulfurous whimsy… You are draw in because of the depth of human feeling that Antrim smuggles in… almost below the radar level." —The New York Times

"The author’s surreal vision is both imaginative and wholly his own . . . A striking literary discovery." —The Boston Globe

"Entertaining and mischievously imagined . . . Antrim is a wonderful, truly original comic writer." —San Francisco Chronicle

"A slice of sulfurous whimsy… You are draw in because of the depth of human feeling that Antrim smuggles in… almost below the radar level." —The New York Times

"The author’s surreal vision is both imaginative and wholly his own . . . A striking literary discovery." —The Boston Globe

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Donald Antrim

  • Donald Antrim is the critically acclaimed author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist, as well The Afterlife, a memoir about his mother. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, he has also been the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Public Library. He lives in New York City.  

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Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World

A Novel

Donald Antrim

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