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The Ecstatic

The Ecstatic

(2002)
A novel by

 
Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book (nominee)
Victor LaValle has already established himself as &#8220;one of the most eloquent voices of the approaching century&#8221; (Kirkus Reviews), a writer of darkly humorous tales full of haunting beauty, astonishing leaps of imagination, and language that &#8220;crackles and hums&#8221; (Chicago Tribune). The Ecstatic is LaValle&#8217;s debut novel, a startling tale of love, horror, sex, insanity, faith, morbid obesity, and the modern American family.

Something is wrong with Anthony&#8212;our 318-pound hero&#8212;and it&#8217;s getting worse. A monster has caught his uncle and his mother; now it wants Anthony. Mental illness has been transmitted through his family&#8217;s blood. The three women in his life&#8212;his mother, younger sister, and grandmother&#8212;find him naked and disoriented in his off-campus college apartment and take him home to Queens, each determined to fix him in her own peculiar way. But his presence soon turns their house into a semisuburban asylum.

Sweet but wickedly sarcastic, smart and heartbreakingly vulnerable, Anthony narrates his family&#8217;s surreal adventures through a world of grinning exploitation and fake cures, from storefront evangelists and neighborhood loan sharks to bogus beauty pageants and bootleg medical clinics. He corresponds with a dreadlocked Japanese militant, is haunted by a vicious pack of dogs, and tries to make his own horror movie, all in search of an answer to a question he doesn&#8217;t dare ask. Written in the tradition of misfit picaresques from Journey to the End of the Night and Invisible Man to A Confederacy of Dunces and The World According to Garp, The Ecstatic is the revelatory story of a family trying to save themselves from a ravenous world and their own unraveling minds.

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Hardback Editions

November 2002 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Ecstatic: A Novel
Author(s): Victor La Valle
ISBN: 0-609-61014-7 / 978-0-609-61014-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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Paperback Editions

October 2003 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Ecstatic
Author(s): Victor LaValle
ISBN: 0-375-71331-X / 978-0-375-71331-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Ecstatic (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Victor La Valle
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   


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