Book: The House of Nordquist - a novel by Eugene K. Garbercategories: Book, Magical Realism, Postmodern Fiction, Epistolary Novel, Fabulism, Psychological Mystery Novel, Literary Fiction
Eugene K. Garberabout this book: Like the crime at its core, THE HOUSE OF NORDQUIST is an unquenchable fire: Part detective story, part playful Gothic, part re-imagining of Faust, and fully compelling.
In this groundbreaking novel, a cast of characters determined to make sense--of events, of themselves, of one another--encounters a universe equally determined to frustrate their efforts.
The resulting confrontation produces an energy which, combined with the author's technical virtuosity, wide-ranging erudition, and sly humor, propels the reader through that rare combination: a novel that is both consistently accessible and endlessly challenging.
This tale, masterfully told through dialogue and letters, grows steadily more upsetting with each twist and turn of the central mystery. Each new layer of disclosure deepens the mystery rather than relieving it. The reader turns from thinking one or another of the narrators more or less trustworthy and then slowly becomes implicated in the mysterious agency of inquisition.
The House of Nordquist belongs on the must-read of anyone serious about fiction in the 21st Century. And it's fun, to boot.
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