Numb by Sean Ferrell
A Novel

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A captivating debut from exciting new talent Sean Ferrell, Numb is the endearing tale of a man with no memory or ability to feel pain, who attracts a colorful crowd of sycophants and exploiters while trying to come to terms with who he really is. Fans of the work of Richard Powers, Gary Shteyngart, and Thomas Pynchon—and of the films The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Truman Show, and the cinematic oeuvre of Charlie Kaufman—will love the unique and entertaining Numb.

 

About Sean Ferrell

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Sean Ferrell's fiction has appeared in journals such as Electric Literature's "The Outlet" and The Adirondack Review. His short story "Building an Elephant" won The Fulton Prize. His debut novel, Numb, was described as "eye catching," "daring" and "offbeat." He lives and works, in no particular order, in New York City.
 
Published July 18, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Numb survives, with deep claw marks in his thigh, and he and Mal travel to New York, where Mal has Numb continue his lucrative act.

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Publishers Weekly

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In Ferrell's offbeat debut, an amnesiac joins a Texas circus where his inability to feel pain makes him a big-top hit and earns him the name Numb.

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New York Journal of Books

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Sean Ferrell’s daring first novel, Numb, is a Barthian fable which endeavors to chart a course through the murky waters of sensory overload in the modern world.

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New York Journal of Books

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The business card is for a dress shop in New York, and this is where they head.At this stage, Numb reads like the opposite of a “run away to the circus” narrative, but soon Numb finds the “real world” New York just as confusing as the circus: Times Square is like “a carnival,” the streets alive w...

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Savannah Now

I’ll leave it to you to discover whether Sean Ferrell allows Numb to figure out the answer to that age-old question, but I will tell you that Ferrell sure as hell has served up a book that makes you think about how we define ourselves.

Sep 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Numb: A Novel

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