Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne
A Novel (P.S.)

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“Teddy Wayne has written a brilliant book. Karim Issar is one of the freshest, funniest heroes I’ve come across in a long time.”
— Ben Fountain, bestselling author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

“An innovative and incisive meditation on the wages of corporate greed, the fundamental darkness of its vision lit by the author’s great comic intelligence and wit.”
— Kathryn Davis, author of The Thin Place, Hell: A Novel, and Versailles

With a fresh and singular voice, Teddy Wayne marks his literary debut with the story of one 26 year old Middle Eastern man’s attempt to live the American Dream in New York City. Like the award-winning Netherland and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Kapitoil provides an absorbing look into American culture and New York finance from an outsider’s perspective.


About Teddy Wayne

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Teddy Wayne, the author of Kapitoil, is the winner of a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award and a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He writes regularly for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He lives in New York. Marjorie Celona received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and recipient of the John C. Schupes fellowship. Her stories have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Glimmer Train, and Harvard Review. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, she lives in Cincinnati. Jim Gavin’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope, ZYZZYVA, and Slice magazine. He lives in Los Angeles. William Nicholson is a screenwriter, playwright, television writer, and novelist. Perhaps best known for his Academy Award-nominated screenplays for Shadowlands and Gladiator, he is also the author of several young adult and fantasy novels and a sequence of contemporary adult novels set in England. He lives in Sussex, England. Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop was born and raised in New York City. She earned her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. in fiction from the UC Irvine, where she was the recipient of the Schaeffer Writing Fellowship. She is the author of two novels, Fireworks and December. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and St. Bernard. Paul Yoon was born in New York City. His first book was the story collection Once the Shore. It was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Best Debut Fiction by National Public Radio, and won the Asian American Literary Award and the 5 under 35 award from the National Book Foundation.
Published March 27, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 304 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Magazine writer Wayne's strong and heartfelt debut novel, set in New York City in the months leading up to the millennium, follows Karim Issar as he leaves his home and family in Qatar for a programming job at a Wall Street firm preparing for the Y2K bug.

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New York Journal of Books

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Oregon Live

He reads from "Kapitoil" at 7 p.m. May 2 in Room 238 of the Smith Memorial Student Union on the Portland State University campus, 1825 S.W.

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Working to improve his grasp of American idiom, Karim carries a voice recorder everywhere so that, later, he can look up expressions he doesn't know.

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If the previous sentence seems odd, it’s because it is written in the voice of the novel’s main character, Karim Issar.

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The Jewish Chronicle

He loses it to his colleague Rebecca Goldman (though he might already have actually lost it by then), and finally to racquetball, his first stab at sport and a game he perfects by calculating the cubic capacity of the court over the diameter of the ball multiplied by the number of balls the court...

Dec 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Kapitoil: A Novel (P.S.)

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