Matthew McIntosh with Paul Constant

Fourteen years after his bleak, powerful debut novel Well, a book set primarily in suburban Seattle, Matthew McIntosh is back with a most remarkable, audacious work. theMystery.doc (Grove Press) is an immense but light-footed novel, rich with images in sequence and blasts of text in addition to written narrative, reflective of what it is being written about. We are delighted to be hosting one of the few evenings Matthew McIntosh will be doing for this, where he’ll be joined by Paul Constant of the Seattle Review of Books.

“Glued precariously together from the documentary fragments of a shattered culture and a fractured psyche, as with Eliot’s The Waste Land, Matthew McIntosh’s huge and riveting theMystery.doc stakes out its territory in the unbroken ground of a new and unsettling American century. Haunted the same way that contemporary life is haunted—by snapshots and forgotten emails; scraps of dialogue and movie stills—this brave and massively accomplished book is both a savage exorcism and a dazzling celebration of the novel and the human heart, each with their endless possibilities. A transfixing statement in a shimmering new language.”—Alan Moore.

theMystery.doc may seem capacious but is actually sly, shy, and precise, and Matthew McIntosh is ambitious in the good sense: he attempts something new, with new vitality, and at that, absolutely succeeds.”—Rachel Kushner.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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