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The Delivery

(2021)
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Enter the world of the Delivery Boy, who must peddle his way to 5-star customer ratings—and, perhaps, freedom—in novelist and graphic designer Peter Mendelsund’s The Delivery.

Countries go wrong, sometimes, and sometimes the luckier citizens of those countries have a chance to escape and seek refuge in another country—a country that might itself be in the process of going wrong.

In the bustling indifference of an unnamed city, one such citizen finds himself trapped working for a company that makes its money dispatching an army of undocumented refugees to bring the well-off men and women of this confounding metropolis their dinners. Whatever he might have been at home, this citizen is now a Delivery Boy: member of a new and invisible working class, pedaling his power-assist bike through traffic hoping for a decent tip and a five star rating.

He is decidedly a Delivery Boy; sometimes he even feels like a Delivery Baby; certainly he's not yet a Delivery Man, though he'll have to "man-up" if he wants to impress N.—the aloof dispatcher who sends him his orders and helps him with his English.

Can our hero avoid the wrath of his Supervisor, get the girl, and escape his indentured servitude? Can someone in his predicament ever get a happy ending? Who gets to decide? And who's telling this story, anyway?

Harrowing and hilarious, The Delivery is a fable for and about our times: an exploration of the ways language and commerce unites and isolates every one of us, native and immigrant both.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Peter Mendelsund's The Delivery is not only truly original, and gorgeously written, it shines a light on a person, a population, generally invisible to all but themselves, which is among a novel's more profound purposes. It's a remarkable book." - Michael Cunningham


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Hardback Editions

February 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Delivery: A Novel
Author(s): Peter Mendelsund
ISBN: 0-374-60042-2 / 978-0-374-60042-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

February 2022 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Delivery: A Novel
Author(s): Peter Mendelsund
ISBN: 1-250-82961-5 / 978-1-250-82961-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Kindle Editions

February 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Delivery: A Novel
Author(s): Peter Mendelsund
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU