A Disorder Peculiar to the Country: A Novel (Paperback)
Joyce and Marshall each think the other is killed on September 11—and must swallow their disappointment when the other arrives home. As their bitter divorce is further complicated by anthrax scares, suicide bombs, and foreign wars, they suffer, in ways unexpectedly personal and increasingly ludicrous, the many strange ravages of our time. In this astonishing black comedy, Kalfus suggests how our nation’s public calamities have encroached upon our most private illusions.
About the Author
ken kalfus is the author of a novel, The Commissariat of Enlightenment, and the short story collections Thirst, which won the Salon Book Award, and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.
“An interesting departure from Kalfus’s Slavic-inflected earlier fiction. Astringent, accomplished black comedy.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Powerful. . . . Kalfus skewers the pieties surrounding 9/11.”
— The New Yorker
“Brilliant. . . . It’s an engaging and provocative enterprise, a novel that challenges accepted pieties and dislodges expectations.”
— The New York Times Book Review