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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

Gerald’s Party

by Robert Coover

“At one and the same time, a metaphysical and comic murder mystery, a Grimm’s fairy tale, a Greek tragedy, and a complicated experimental novel that places Coover, deservedly so, in the company of John Barth, Donald Barthelme, and Kurt Vonnegut.” –Chicago Sun-Times

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 320
  • Publication Date October 15, 1997
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3528-5
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $12.00

About The Book

“None of us noticed the body at first.” So begins Gerald’s Party, which The New York Times Book Review called “far beyond humor and self-parody . . . a work of purest, unremitting malevolence.” Robert Coover’s wicked and surreally comic novel takes place at a chilling, ribald, and absolutely fascinating party. Amid the drunken guests, a woman turns up murdered on the living room floor. Around the corpse, one of several the evening produces, Gerald’s party goes on – a chatter of voices, names, faces, overheard gags, rounds of storytelling, and a mounting curve of desire.

What Coover has in store for his guests – besides an evening gone mad – is part murder mystery, part British parlor drama, part sly and dazzling meditation of time, theater, and love.

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Praise

“A savage, unstoppable novel.” –The Boston Globe

“At one and the same time, a metaphysical and comic murder mystery, a Grimm’s fairy tale, a Greek tragedy, and a complicated experimental novel that places Coover, deservedly so, in the company of John Barth, Donald Barthelme, and Kurt Vonnegut.” –Chicago Sun-Times

“Erotic . . . wicked . . . delicious.” –Chicago Tribune Book World

Gerald’s Party sends up the salon mystery so far it will never come down. What comes down is a terrible indictment of our desires. Robert Coover has written a Hieronymous Bosch–just as nightmarish, just as mesmerizing, just as damning, just as beautiful.” –William H. Gass

“The hallucinogenic, phantasmagoric nightmare of mayhem and ecstasy.” –The New York Times