The Impossibly by Laird Hunt

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"Innovative, comic, bizarre and beautiful, The Impossibly reads as if Donald Barthelme were channeling Alain Robbe-Grillet, Samuel Beckett, Ben Marcus and reruns of Get Smart."--Time Out New York

When the anonymous narrator botches an assignment from the clandestine organization that employs him, everyone in his life becomes a participant in his punishment. In the end, he is called out of retirement for a final assignment: to seek and identify his own assassin. This edition includes an introduction by Percival Everett, an afterword by the author, and a "lost chapter."

Called "one of the most talented young writers on the American scene today" by Paul Auster, Laird Hunt is the author of four genre-bending novels and was a finalist for the 2010 PEN Center USA Award. Born in Singapore and educated at Indiana University and the Sorbonne in Paris, Hunt has lived in Tokyo, London, The Hague, New York, and on an Indiana farm. A former press officer at the United Nations and current faculty member at the University of Denver, he now lives in Boulder, Colorado.
 

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Called "one of the most talented young writers on the American scene today" by Paul Auster, Laird Hunt is the author of three previous, genre-bending novels: The Impossibly, The Exquisite, and Indiana, Indiana. A former press officer at the United Nations and current faculty member at the University of Denver, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Coffee House Press. 218 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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United Nations editor Hunt debuts with a stylish, if opaque, noir tale about a hit man who falls in love, takes a break, and incurs the wrath of his organization.

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A spy wanders through a strange series of interludes, attacks and interrogations as he struggles to decipher the identity of his potential assassin in Hunt's murky, obscure debut novel.

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This strange, disorienting and clever debut novel introduces a bumbling secret agent and wholly unreliable narrator who is caught up in a murky underworld of mysterious connections and vague assignments.

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