American Purgatorio

American Purgatorio

John Haskell

John Haskell

Somewhere between paradise and perdition ... Jack's wife has disappeared. She was in the car when they stopped for gas, he knows that much. He walked back from the counter, and then ... Jack can't remember. But Anne has gone. John Haskell's American Purgatorio is an extraordinary debut novel; haunting, comic and achingly poignant. It's a road trip into the heart of a country and a man, a travelogue of loss and redemption, a Pilgrim's Progress for a godless world. It will bring to mind Kurt Vonnegut, Herman Hesse, Jack Kerouac and Richard Ford, but at heart it is a journey, and a novel, like no other.
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The Complete Ballet

The Complete Ballet

John Haskell

John Haskell

A dark-hued, hybrid novel by a writer who "delivers our culture back to us, made entirely new" (A. M. Homes)In The Complete Ballet, John Haskell choreographs an intricate and irresistible pas de deux in which fiction and criticism come together to create a new kind of story. Fueled by the dramatic retelling of five romantic ballets, and interwoven with a contemporary story about a man whose daunting gambling debt pushes him to the edge of his own abyss, it is both a pulpy entertainment and a meditation on the physicality—and psychology—of dance.The unnamed narrator finds himself inexorably drawn back to the pre–cell phone world of Technicolor Los Angeles, to a time when the tragedies of his life were about to collide. Working as a part-time masseur in Hollywood, he attends an underground poker game with his friend Cosmo, a strip-club entrepreneur. What happens there hurtles the narrator down the road and into the room where the...
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