The Broom of the System [Audiobook]
26 August 2014, 14:28
The "dazzling, exhilarating" (San Francisco Chronicle) debut novel from the best-selling author of Infinite Jest, available for the first time as an audiobook.
Cleveland in 1990 - the setting for most of the story - borders the Great Ohio Desert (or G.O.D.), a man-made area filled with black sand, meant to restore a sense of the sinister to Midwestern life. The confused heroine is 24-year-old Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman who, despite her proximity to the sinister G.O.D., has a ridiculous life. Her friends hang out at Gilligans Isle, a theme bar; her grandfather designed a Cleveland suburb in the precise outline of Jayne Mansfield's body; her brother Stonecipher Beadsman IV is nicknamed the Antichrist; and her boyfriend, Rick Vigorous, half of the publishing firm of Frequent and Vigorous, is insane about Lenore but impotent when he's with her, so he tells her stories as a substitute for sex.
Poor Lenore is also under the influence of the great-grandmother for whom she was named, a woman who had been Wittgenstein's student and who has taught her great-granddaughter that words create reality. Gramma has convinced Lenore: ''All that really exists of my life is what can be said about it.'' Circumscribed by what others say, Lenore feels not quite in control of her own existence.
Fiercely intelligent and entertaining, this debut novel from one of the most innovative writers of our generation explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.
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