A Brilliant Novel in the Works by Yuvi Zalkow

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When Yuvi's wife finds him in his underwear, standing on top of his desk, she isn't terribly impressed with him and his writing habits.

But Yuvi worries. He has a wife who wants things he can't give, an editor who wants a book he can't deliver, a brother-in-law with a gut disease that he can't fix, and dead parents who stubbornly remain dead.

As the structure of Yuvi's novel falls apart, so does his life. His novel and his life blend together as he struggles to pull out of the mess. He revisits the fragments of his unreconciled past and his pantsless present, traveling from his suburban Jewish home in Atlanta to the North Carolina mountains of his father's childhood, to several hospital waiting rooms, to the living room of a grieving Palestinian man.

Heartbreaking and hilarious, A Brilliant Novel in the Works is the utterly original debut novel from Yuvi Zalkow.
 

About Yuvi Zalkow

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Yuvi Zalkow's stories have been published in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, Carve Magazine, and others. He received an MFA from Antioch University. He lives in Portland, OR and is hard at work on his second novel.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by M P Publishing. 291 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Zalkow's debut novel is having an out-of-body experience: it is a first-person account of an anxious Jewish writer named Yuvi struggling to complete his debut novel, and worrying incessantly about his floundering marriage.

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Oregon Live

It's amazing that there aren't more first novels about writing novels, considering the nearly universal admonition of writing teachers to "write what you know" and the tendency toward autobiography among debut novelists.

Aug 18 2012 | Read Full Review of A Brilliant Novel in the Works

Bookmarks Magazine

He has a wife who wants things he can't give, an editor who wants a book he can't deliver, a brother-in-law with a gut disease that he can't fix, and dead parents who stubbornly remain dead.

As the structure of Yuvi's novel falls apart, so does his life.

Aug 29 2012 | Read Full Review of A Brilliant Novel in the Works

ForeWord Reviews

He calls his own novel “a steaming pile of personal essays with no plot except one about an author who has no idea how to write a novel.” A Brilliant Novel in the Works is a pastiche.

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