It's spring in Ivyland... Debut novelist Miles Klee takes a landscape of drugs, decay, loss and, perhaps, hope, and manages to make the ensemble wryly funny: something only a few notable contemporaries such as Jeff Vandermeer and Michael Chabon have been able to do. Post-urban New Jersey is instantly recognizable in this interlinked series of short vignettes... and Lev's living room is puddles of water and sun, and a bunch of those furry caterpillars are hauling themselves from surface to surface.
Populated by a bumbling, murderous citizenry of corrupt cops, innocents, ravenous addicts, lovesick geniuses, and cynical adventurers, Ivyland operates in the shadow of a giant pharmaceutical corporation that thrives on people's weaknesses... and may have an even more sinister agenda. It's our world, only a bit more extreme, and lovingly, precisely depicted with the adept skills native to a master of dark humor.
Ivyland, narrated with ironic good cheer by Christa Lewis, is a sprawling science fiction story with a wild and inventive structure set in a drugged-out New Jersey in the near dystopian future.
The ominous tale involves an evil pharmaceutical company, a corrupt government, aborted space missions, cults, a deadly plague, and substance abuse; lots and lots of substance abuse.
Ivyland walks the fine line between comedy and tragedy and is a worst-case scenario for where America may be headed. Think Infinite Jest meets Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Brave New World.
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