A dreamy and adrenaline-fueled new vel from a two-time Granta Best Young NovelistLurid & Cute is a kind of machine for the reader's corruption. It opens with all the things we've come to expect of Adam Thirlwell- the playfulness of language, the way the mandarin wit, line by line, consorts with grisly or louche material, as Jeffrey Eugenides has said-when the narrator wakes confused in a seedy hotel room. He has had the good education, and also the good job. Together with his wife and dog, he lives at home with his parents. But then the lurid overtakes him-a chain of events that feels to those inside it narcotic and neurotic, like one long and terrible descent: complete with lies, deceit, and chicanery, and including, in escalating order, one orgy, one brothel, and a series of firearms disputes. Lurid & Cute balances the complexity of an interior world-our hero's apparently incent obsessions with food, old movies, and all the gaudy, shoddy building blocks of pop culture-with a picaresque plot delivered with expert, insidious pacing. For very possibly this is the story of a woebegone and global generation. And our hero, the sweetest narrator in world literature, also may well be the most fearsome. It's the most sophisticated and gruesome vel from an author celebrated for his precocious talents, and it will leave you feeling like you've been on one hell of a bender.
Adam Thirlwell was born in London in 1978. He is the author of the novels Politics and The Escape ; the novella Kapow!; a project about international novels, The Delighted States, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; and of a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney's. He has twice been selected as one of Granta 's Best Young Novelists. His work has been translated into thirty languages. He lives in London.