Coda: A Novel (French Voices)
Starred Review. This madcap, metaphysical mystery ably fits perpetual motion machines, immortality, and blood-sacrifice sects into 88 brisk and brainy pages. After narrator X's wife dies, he's left to raise their daughter, Anna. Things get strange when X discovers a mysterious box of clams in his refrigerator. It seems the clams went missing from a shipment intended for his neighbor, who is to host a large party. As X goes looking for answers, he meets Marthe, an uninvited guest who takes the place of Agathe, a childhood friend. X's liaisons culminate in a kidnapping, gunplay, and even more strange twists before everything—and, essentially, nothing—is resolved. Not a detail is wasted in this taut, cleverly conceived plot. The book is replete with doublings, references, and lingering remarks reminiscent of Cesar Aira, and is packed with bright ideas and memorable images. Elegant and smart, this novella leaves readers with questions that prove incredibly difficult to untangle. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. "Fans of Paul Auster's brand of literary gamesmanship will recognize a kindred spirit here."—Kirkus (Kirkus 2010-12-15)"This madcap, metaphysical mystery ably fits perpetual motion machines, immortality, and blood-sacrifice sects into 88 brisk and brainy pages. . . . Elegant and smart, this novella leaves readers with questions that prove incredibly difficult to untangle."—Publishers Weekly Starred review (Publishers Weekly 2011-01-03)"[Coda] is both enjoyable simply for the story that slowly unfolds as well as for the philosophical puzzle (and solution) it turns out to be."—M.A. Orthofer, Complete Review (M.A. Orthofer Complete Review 2011-04-30)"Coda cuts a wide berth in the reader's mind, beginning with a mysterious package of frozen clams appearing in the narrator's freezer and expanding to include perpetual motion machines, a fancy party, an alluring woman, and murder."—Paul Constant, The Stranger (Paul Constant The Stranger 2011-03-08)
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