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Lost Empress

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
From the acclaimed PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize-winning author of A Naked Singularity, a shockingly hilarious novel that tackles, with equal aplomb, both America's most popular sport and its criminal justice system

From Paterson, New Jersey, to Rikers Island to the streets of New York City, Sergio de la Pava's Lost Empress introduces readers to a cast of characters unlike any other in modern fiction: dreamers and exiles, immigrants and night-shift workers, a lonely pastor and others on the fringes of society - each with their own impact on the fragile universe they navigate.

Nina Gill, daughter of the aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys, was instrumental in building her father's dynasty. So it's a shock when her brother inherits the franchise and she is left with the Paterson Pork, New Jersey's failing Indoor Football League team. Nina vows to take on the NFL and make the Paterson Pork pigskin kings of America. All she needs to do is recruit the coach, the players, and the fans.

Meanwhile, Nuno DeAngeles - a brilliant and lethal criminal mastermind - has been imprisoned on Rikers Island for a sensational offense. Nuno fights for his liberty - while simultaneously planning an even more audacious crime.

In Lost Empress, de la Pava weaves a narrative that encompasses Salvador Dali, Joni Mitchell, psychiatric help, emergency medicine, religion, theoretical physics, and everything in between. With grace, humor, and razor-sharp prose, all these threads combine, counting down to an epic and extraordinary conclusion.

Genre: Literary Fiction    

Praise for this book

"Lost Empress is a vast galaxy of a book, a searing, frequently hilarious indictment of the absurdity of modern American life told through the lens of this country's two most violent pastimes-professional football and criminal justice. To spend time inside the unfiltered mind of a writer like Sergio de la Pava is a rare, dizzying treat." - Omar El Akkad

"De la Pava himself can seem like an avenging angel, at least for those with a certain view of what ails contemporary American literature." - Jonathan Dee

"A hilarious, smart, and madcap novel that occupies the porous border between comedy and drama, science and philosophy, story and dream, grim reality and pure imagination. A singular achievement. I've never read anything like it." - Nathan Hill

"I don't know how to do this book justice. It is so bold and so rich and so funny and so filled with pure pleasure for the reader. More than once I've had to stop and get up and walk around the room to process the sheer awesomeness. I feel like I'm in the presence of a major writer-someone of a singular intelligence that is at once alien yet comforting." - Charles Yu


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Used availability for Sergio de la Pava's Lost Empress

Hardback Editions

August 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lost Empress
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
ISBN: 0-85705-805-3 / 978-0-85705-805-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


May 2018 : Hardback
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Title: Lost Empress: A Novel
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
ISBN: 1-5247-4722-X / 978-1-5247-4722-0
Publisher: Pantheon
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lost Empress
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
ISBN: 0-85705-806-1 / 978-0-85705-806-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lost Empress
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lost Empress
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lost Empress
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lost Empress: A Novel
Author(s): Sergio De La Pava
Publisher: Pantheon
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA