A debut novel of love, narcissism, and ailing cattle
Idiopathy (?d?'?p??i): a disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.
Idiopathy: a novel as unexpected as its title, in which Katherine, Daniel, and Nathan—three characters you won't forget in a hurry—unsuccessfully try to figure out how they feel about one another and how they might best live their lives in a world gone mad. Featuring a mysterious cattle epidemic, a humiliating stint in rehab, an unwanted pregnancy, a mom–turned–media personality ("Mother Courage"), and a workplace with a bio-dome housing a perfectly engineered cornfield, it is at once a scathing satire and a moving meditation on love and loneliness. With unusual verbal finesse and great humor, Sam Byers neatly skewers the tangled relationships and unhinged narcissism of a self-obsessed generation in a remarkable, uproarious first novel.
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Byers’s prose remains spreadsheet-specific, mock analytical, funny. The trend toward jargon and a 50 percent chance of an a.c.r.o.n.y.m. joke in every chapter gives rise to a welcome British version of E.S.L.Read Full Review of Idiopathy: A Novel | See more reviews from NY Times
...words are platitudes, words are weapons, words are what distinguish this generation from the diseased cattle across the novel’s backdrop...Here’s hoping the promising novelist finds a depth of meaning that eludes his characters.Read Full Review of Idiopathy: A Novel | See more reviews from Kirkus
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