Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot

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...a fierce literary imagination, building the kinds of worlds that William Gibson used to write before he discovered the present; it is warmed by the kind of offbeat, riffing humor that has suffused the works of Neal Stephenson and Gary Shteyngart
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From the “wickedly talented” (Boston Globe) and “darkly funny” (New York Times Book Review) Ryan Boudinot, Blueprints of the Afterlife is a tour de force.

It is the Afterlife. The end of the world is a distant, distorted memory called “the Age of F***ed Up Shit.” A sentient glacier has wiped out most of North America. Medical care is supplied by open-source nanotechnology, and human nervous systems can be hacked.

Abby Fogg is a film archivist with a niggling feeling that her life is not really her own. She may be right. Al Skinner is a former mercenary for the Boeing Army, who’s been dragging his war baggage behind him for nearly a century. Woo-jin Kan is a virtuoso dishwasher with the Hotel and Restaurant Management Olympics medals to prove it. Over them all hovers a mysterious man named Dirk Bickle, who sends all these characters to a full-scale replica of Manhattan under construction in Puget Sound. An ambitious novel that writes large the hopes and anxieties of our time—climate change, social strife, the depersonalization of the digital age—Blueprints of the Afterlife will establish Ryan Boudinot as an exceptional novelist of great daring.
 

About Ryan Boudinot

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Ryan Boudinot is the author of a novel, Misconception, a PEN/USA Literary Award finalist; and a story collection, The Littlest Hitler, which was selected as a best book of the year by Amazon.com and Publishers Weekly . He blogs about film on the website therumpus.net and teaches in Goddard Collegersquo;s MFA program.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 450 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Schwartz on Jan 25 2012

...a fierce literary imagination, building the kinds of worlds that William Gibson used to write before he discovered the present; it is warmed by the kind of offbeat, riffing humor that has suffused the works of Neal Stephenson and Gary Shteyngart

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