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Blind Speed

A novel by


"Part farce, part political satire, part metafiction, Blind Speed is a rich fictional stew. Josh Barkan has written an energetic modern-day picaresque."
Tom Perrotta

Finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize 2009! Not since Don DeLillo and George Saunders has a writer caught the humor and irreverent seriousness of our time like Barkan has through his protagonist Paul Berger, a flawed hero whose so-called fate drives him toward enlightenment just as surely as it propels him to destruction. Berger is stunned when he receives an ominous palm reading from a savvy guru at a health retreat in Iowa, of all places. And now it seems the prophecy is coming true. His fiancee, who is about to leave him, is shot at a historic reenactment of the Revolutionary War in Concord. One of his brothers, an astronaut, dies on 9/11 in the Pentagon. And his more famous brother, a lawyer and politician, kidnaps him in a media campaign to win an election. But is Paul's life really controlled by fate? Or is the prophecy a lie he has latched onto ever since his band went under, leaving him almost famous yet unknown--a teacher at a community college, struggling to keep his job? Blind Speed is a wildly entertaining exploration of intersecting lives in which what happens is never solely by chance or choice. Barkan has built a uniquely American satirical novel, a thoroughly twisted journey of discovery that pops and fires from its first shot in Concord to its last rifle blast, which echoes across the heartland. With global warming, 9/11, government and corporate deceit, and ecoterrorism, the novel dives into epic ideas, capturing America in all its dangerous myths.

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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Blind Speed: A Novel
Author(s): Josh Barkan
ISBN: 0-8101-2493-9 / 978-0-8101-2493-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Triquarterly
Availability: Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

October 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Blind Speed: A Novel
Author(s): Josh Barkan
ISBN: 0-8101-2925-6 / 978-0-8101-2925-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Triquarterly
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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