The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn by Sean Dixon

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These sketches alone are full of wit, and the fact that they don’t cohere feels in many ways more indicative of the disorderly city to which Dixon is writing a love letter. But perhaps the novel just isn’t the ideal medium to convey the chaos of a city: After all, if you’re only focusing on one thing, you’re missing everything else that is holy.
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Praise for Sean Dixon:

“Energetic. . . . Full of sound and fury.”—Kirkus Review

“Reminiscent of the kind of irrepressibly mischievous and literary novels that John Barth used to write. Call it populist poindexterism.”—Quill & Quire

It all started with a black rose and a rich young man. And a house with a creek running through it. And then there she was, Kip Flynn, standing beside her boyfriend's dead body and agreeing to take a large sum of money from the young man's father to keep quiet. As if she could have done anything else, being so scared and grief-stricken and maybe pregnant.

But that's not the end of it. You see, there's some kind of connection between Kip and this rich developer's son that keeps them tight in one another's orbit. So when Kip awakens from her grief, intent on revenge, they find themselves pursuing one another with a ferocity they can barely understand, one that spirals outward, with subway accidents and arson and drainpipes and backhoe wars, to envelop roommates, two guilty fathers, a window-cleaner or two, landlords, family secrets, a Vietnamese gangster, a stand-up bass player and an activist tour guide. And concluding in the subterranean heart of Toronto itself, which, like Kip, is torn between vengefulness and growth.

Sean Dixon is a novelist, playwright, and banjo player. He's the author of the novel The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal; two novels for young readers, The Feathered Cloak and The Winter Drey; and several plays, including those collected in AWOL: Three Plays for Theatre SKAM.

 

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Sean Dixon: Sean Dixon is a playwright, novelist and actor. His plays have been produced in Canada, the U.S., Australia and the U.K., and collected in AWOL: Three Plays for Theatre SKAM (Coach House). Sean’s first novel was The Girls Who Saw Everything(Coach House; published in the U.K. [HarperCollins] and the U.S. [Other Press] as The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal), named one of the Best Books of 2007 by Quill & Quire. He is the author of two books for young readers, The Feathered Cloak and The Winter Drey. He is currently writing a play about Ovid and the banjo.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Coach House Books. 248 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Berry on Apr 29 2011

These sketches alone are full of wit, and the fact that they don’t cohere feels in many ways more indicative of the disorderly city to which Dixon is writing a love letter. But perhaps the novel just isn’t the ideal medium to convey the chaos of a city: After all, if you’re only focusing on one thing, you’re missing everything else that is holy.

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