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Mr. Peanut
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A New York Times Noteable Book
Mesmerizing, exhilarating, and profoundly moving, Mr. Peanut is a police procedural of the soul, a poignant investigation of the relentlessly mysterious human heart.
David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock. After thirteen years of marriage, he still can’t imagine a remotely happy life without her—yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she is dead, and David is both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.
The detectives investigating Alice’s suspicious death have plenty of personal experience with conjugal enigmas: Ward Hastroll is happily married until his wife inexplicably becomes voluntarily and militantly bedridden; and Sam Sheppard is especially sensitive to the intricacies of marital guilt and innocence, having decades before been convicted and then exonerated of the brutal murder of his wife. Like the Escher drawings that inspire the computer games David designs for a living, these complex, interlocking dramas are structurally and emotionally intense, subtle, and intriguing; they brilliantly explore the warring impulses of affection and hatred, and pose a host of arresting questions. Is it possible to know anyone fully, completely? Are murder and marriage two sides of the same coin, each endlessly recycling into the other? And what, in the end, is the truth about love?
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Adam Ross. (2010). Mr. Peanut. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock. After thirteen years of marriage, he still can’t imagine a remotely happy life without her—yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she is dead, and David is both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.
The detectives investigating Alice’s suspicious death have plenty of personal experience with conjugal enigmas: Ward Hastroll is happily married until his wife inexplicably becomes voluntarily and militantly bedridden; and Sam Sheppard is especially sensitive to the intricacies of marital guilt and innocence, having decades before been convicted and then exonerated of the brutal murder of his wife. Like the Escher drawings that inspire the computer games David designs for a living, these complex, interlocking dramas are structurally and emotionally intense, subtle, and intriguing; they brilliantly explore the warring impulses of affection and hatred, and pose a host of arresting questions. Is it possible to know anyone fully, completely? Are murder and marriage two sides of the same coin, each endlessly recycling into the other? And what, in the end, is the truth about love?
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      • source: Nancy Connors, Cleveland Plain Dealer
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        Mr. Peanut's Best of 2010 Lists
        Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Sophisticated, surreal and creepy."
        The New Republic: "Of all the novels I read this year, this was the one that I read most eagerly, consuming it in eager gulps, dismissing other obligations."
        The Philadelphia Inquirer: "A formidable literary talent...Finely wrought and challenging."

        "Ross--in a brilliant stylistic mirror of marriage--blends dream and reality, fact and perception in a narrative that's both cinematic and lyrical...The book is by turns harrowing, tender and funny."

      • premium: False
      • source: The Economist
      • content: "Mr. Peanut is full of tricks: shifting narrations, quirky chronology and meta-novels within novels. The effect is disorienting, but the characters are too well drawn to feel like pawns in some game. The result is a deliciously clever book, full of dark insight and even a touch of hope."
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      • source: Steve Whitton, The Anniston Star
      • content: "Fearless, challenging and unforgettable...Mr. Peanut is acutely funny and profoundly sad, an unexpected and unsettling journey into the heart of contemporary darkness....[Ross is] a sublimely impertinent new writer."
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      • source: John Timpane, The Philadelphia Inquirer
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        "[A] major work....Stories are told and retold, hinge on one another, depend, and connect. That layering, that subsonic, towering buildup, is how Mr. Peanut works, and it is a marvel."
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      • source: Joy Tipping, The Dallas Morning News
      • content: "An author whose voice is so distinct and vivid that you truly can't find any comparison [and] a book whose combination of rhythm, language and style are unlike anything else I've ever encountered...a sort of wondrous literary alchemy [that's] laugh-out-loud funny and shrewdly aware of human nature...Read Mr. Peanut for its insight into marriage. Read it for the humor. Read it for the thrills. Just read it, please."
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      • source: Mary Fitzgerald, The Guardian (U.K.)
      • content: "An ambitious and well-crafted noir that manages to humanise its characters while fashioning their stories into a gripping page-turner. Ross's depiction of love and hatred, and the conflicted ways we manifest these feelings, is both sensitive and fearless."
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      • source: Hilma Wolitzer, The East Hampton Star
      • content: "Exciting and strangely moving [and] vastly ambitious....The whodunit aspect of Mr. Peanut is absorbing, but the infinite mysteries of marriage are really at the heart of this novel and drive its considerable emotional suspense."
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      • source: Scott Turow, The New York Times Book Review, front page
      • content: "An enormous success--forceful and involving, often deeply stirring and always impressively original...A brilliant, powerful, memorable book."
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      • source: Benjamin Moser, Harper's
      • content: "Mr. Peanut crackles with life."
      • premium: False
      • source: Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist, starred
      • content: "Powerful...delivers one scorching scene after another. Ross is interested in all the soul-killing ways men and women try and fail to achieve intimacy, and [with] noirish sensibility and eloquent prose, he wraps his age-old theme in a confounding yet memsmerizing format."
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      • source: Richard Russo
      • content: "Mr. Peanut is as ingenious as it is riveting."
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      • source: Scott Smith
      • content: "Adam Ross has crafted a diabolically intricate novel, one that presents all the pleasures and challenges of a well-wrought Sudoku puzzle. There's a whiff of alchemy to the book. You can't quite believe that its many pieces fit together so snugly, yet they do. Once you've finished, you run your eye back and forth and up and down, and every way you look it adds up. Mr. Peanut is smart, funny, gripping, and--in its ultimate unravelling--sneakily sad."
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      • source: Stephen King
      • content: "The most riveting look at the dark side of marriage since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?...It induced nightmares, at least in this reader. No mean feat."
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews, starred
      • content: "A Möbius strip of a novel, folding the unsavory anticipation of American Psycho into a domestic drama straight out of Carver-esque America...An intellectual noir novel and an original voice."
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      • source: Bookdwarf.com, Megan Sullivan (Harvard Book Store)
      • content: "This book blew me away...It's engaging and gripping like a good murder mystery, but more richly layered and intellectually engaging than a beach read...I'm likening it to a great meal at a restaurant–the appetizer gains your trust, the first course provides some revelations, the second demonstrates the chef's skills, and the dessert just blows you away. Ross is truly a great wordsmith...[It] might be the be
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        Ross's inspired debut explores the “proximity of violence and love” and begins with the death of Alice Pepin, whose lifelong struggle with depression, insecurity, and obesity comes to an abrupt end at her kitchen table when she is found dead with a peanut lodged in her throat. She has suffered suicide by anaphylactic shock—or so claims her husband, David, a quiet computer game programmer obsessed with M.C. Escher, Hitchcock, and working and re-working a draft of his unpublished novel, a violent possible masterpiece. Gradually, the two detectives on the case begin to see disturbing parallels between their own marital dramas and the Pepins' cruel rotations of brinkmanship and adoration. Ross's depiction of love is grotesque and tender at once, and his style is commanding as he combines torture and romance to create a sense of vertigo-as-romance. It's a unique book—stark and sublime, creepy and fearless—that readers into the darker end of the literary spectrum won't want to miss.

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