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Publish and Perish

Three Tales of Tenure and Terror

James Hynes

Picador

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year

Combining the wit of David Lodge with Poe's delicious sense of the macabre, these are three witty, spooky novellas of satire set in academia—a world where Derrida rules, love is a "complicated ideological position," and poetic justice is served with an ideological twist.

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1QUEEN of the JUNGLEoneSOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH PAUL AND ELIZABETH’S cat, Charlotte. She was peeing outside of the litter box, and driving her owners to distraction. Neither of them was certain what the problem was, but they both thought that it might have something to do with their complicated domestic arrangement. Paul lived in Bluff City, Iowa, where he was finishing up a three year postdoc in the English department at the State University of Iowa; Elizabeth lived four days a week in Chicago, where she was tenure-track at Chicago University. Charlotte, their cat,
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"Entirely delightful . . . wickedly funny . . . There hasn't been a genuinely adroit novel of academic manners since Randall Jarrell's Pictures from an Institution."—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

"Original, droll, startling . . . Witty and penetrating: Hynes creates pungent satires of academic life while at the same time infusing them with genuine suspense and real terror."—Kirkus Reviews

"A perfect blend of dark comedy and the ghost story, reminiscent of the best of T. C. Boyle and the best of Poe."—David Treuer, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Hynes must have struck a pact with the devil when he began writing these tales because their tone is perfect."—Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio

"Riveting . . . exhilarating . . . a work of sheer joy."—The New York Times Book Review

"Deliciously creepy novellas . . . Hynes's writing is diamond sharp, revealing his characters' souls as surely as a Judgement Day angel."—Amy Waldman, People

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • James Hynes

  • James Hynes is the author of The Wild Colonial Boy and The Lecturer's Tale, a New York Times Notable Book. His television criticism has appeared in Mother Jones and the Utne Reader. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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