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Lost Empress

Kin kings of America Meanwhile Nuno DeAngeles a brilliant and lethal criminal mastermind has gotten himself thrown into Rikers to commit perhaps the most audacious crime of all time With grace humor and razor sharp prose de la Pava tackles everything from Salvador Dalí Joni Mitchell psychiatric help and emergency medicine to religion the many species of love and theoretical physics as all these threads combine to count down to an epic conclusion.. A brilliant funny crude violent wildly inventive ensemble novel featuring an oligarch NFL owner a Rikers inmate a 911 dispatcher an EMT art thieves a genius parking garage attendant and my favorite character a sandwich deliverywoman turned fake lawyer turned into deputy commissioner of a semi pro football league This massive story is impossible to summarize It s also the best case I ve read in ages for the continuing social relevance of the novelA man who doesn t read novels can never be a real man Make your own model forts & castles razor sharp prose de la Pava tackles everything from Salvador Dalí Joni Mitchell psychiatric help and emergency medicine to Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury religion the many species of love and theoretical physics as all these threads combine to count down to an epic conclusion.. A brilliant funny crude violent wildly inventive ensemble novel featuring an oligarch NFL owner a Rikers inmate a 911 dispatcher an EMT art thieves a genius parking garage attendant and my favorite character a sandwich deliverywoman turned fake lawyer turned into deputy commissioner of a semi pro football league This massive story is impossible to summarize It s also the best case I ve How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim read in ages for the continuing social The Mage (Foxcraft, Book 3) relevance of the novelA man who doesn t Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic read novels can never be a Earthfall (Homecoming, real man

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From the author of the acclaimed PENBingham Prize–winning A Naked Singularity a shockingly hilarious novel that tackles with eual aplomb both America's most popular sport and its criminal justice systemFrom 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 lonely. The empress has no clothes on This was like reading a 600 page novel by a first year undergrad You know the kind he thinks he s a genius and has recently read Lacan s Wikipedia page is deeply into artisinal something or other but is bright enough that there s the chance that in ten or fifteen years time he ll be capable of looking back at his past self and being deeply and deservedly embarrassed The Book of Beginnings readers to a cast of characters unlike any other in modern fiction dreamers and exiles immigrants and night shift workers lonely. The empress has no clothes on This was like The Homelanders (The Homelanders, reading a 600 page novel by a first year undergrad You know the kind he thinks he s a genius and has Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. recently Burning Attraction read Lacan s Wikipedia page is deeply into artisinal something or other but is bright enough that there s the chance that in ten or fifteen years time he ll be capable of looking back at his past self and being deeply and deservedly embarrassed

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Pastors and others at the fringes of society each with their own impact on the fragile universe they navigate At the story's center is Nina Gill daughter of the aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys who was instrumental in building her father's dynasty So it's a shock when her brother inherits the team and she is left with the Paterson Pork New Jersey's only Indoor Football League franchise Nina vows to take on the NFL and make the Paterson Pork pigs. repeat my usual plaint re the flaws of simple five star rating specifically i would break this out into sub ratings and i would give this book a five for ambition a four for creativity a two for execution and5 stars for authorial restrainti have long been out of the custom of reading maximal literary novels but i enjoyed Naked Singularity which has a loooot of the same charms and anti charms as this book and generally dig de la Pava s authorial persona he self published Naked S after getting rejected by a lot of agents and also I had a coupon on the kindle storeso this is a novel about a parallel universe where the NFL goes on strike and an XFL esue subaltern league rises to prominence thanks to the expertise of renegade NFL heiress who is basically a 1930s screwball heroine Nina meanwhile on Rikers Island a character who is clearly meant as a kind of non biological twin Nuno gets himself sent to Rikers on purpose in order to steal already stolen art hidden there These two stories creep toward one another with a bunch of detours and weirdnesses at its core and you have to do a lot of chewing to get to that core this is a novel about 1 the carceral state 2 football 3 the moloch blood god esue shared properties of items 1 2 it is at times impossibly funny punishingly accurate in its tossed off diagonses of social and spiritual woes of 21c americahumankind in general it is also a giant sloppy mess with huge skippable monologues about space time too much philosophizng and savagely undercooked plot mechanics it just doesn t really feel 100% finished which who knows is a book ever finished i think there is a killer 200 page novel in here about football prison and the shape of souls and i enjoyed reading those passages immensely i feel less positive about the other parts of the book but if i have to choose between deranged haymakers like this and dehydrated narrow introspection i will choose this book every time because it has jokes no one is making me choose but i am choosing to choose as a kind of ambient unsolicited hostile gesture


10 thoughts on “Lost Empress

  1. says:

    Gazing Down the PlugholeIt takes an exceptional talent to sustain comedic prose in so many distinct voices for over 600 pages It also takes real dedication to persist in reading those 600 pages The witty ripostes the sarcastic asides the pithy

  2. says:

    Perhaps my first major noveldiscovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity the List in that exu

  3. says:

    The empress has no clothes on This was like reading a 600 page novel by a first year undergrad You know the kind he thinks he's a genius and has recently read Lacan's Wikipedia page is deeply into artisinal something or other but is bright enough that there's the chance that in ten or fifteen years time he'll be capable

  4. says:

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the

  5. says:

    If Thomas Pynchon now 81 never pens another novel I’ll be sad grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY’S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels

  6. says:

    repeat my usual plaint re the flaws of simple five star rating specifically i would break this out into sub ratings and i would give this book a five for ambition a four for creativity a two for execution and5 stars for authorial re

  7. says:

    If you look out over the landscape and all you see is post Carver MFA stuff “how I came of age in small town Indiana” Sergio de la Pava is the writer for you Now as someone who got serious about his own writing due to postmetamodern fiction you might say Sergio de la Pava is the writer for me as well And hey I do enjoy A Nake

  8. says:

    A brilliant funny crude violent wildly inventive ensemble novel featuring an oligarch NFL owner a Rikers inmate a 911 dispatcher an EMT art thieves a genius parking garage attendant and my favorite character a sandwich deliverywoman turned fake lawyer turned into deputy commissioner of a semi pro football league This massive story is impossible to summarize It's also the best case I've read in ages for the continuing social rel

  9. says:

    Frustrating book The winding of characters and even the bones of the story are good but too many sitcom dialogues lectures and eye rolling shortcuts on development of story and of character Audible book performances were pretty good

  10. says:

    We Americans live in a cartoonish country cartoonish now than ever Politically speaking it’s literally represented nearly every day through Patrick Chappatte’s work in the New York Times Yet the good old US o

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