The Normals by David Gilbert
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In this critically acclaimed comic masterpiece, David Gilbert tells the story of Billy Schine, a young man who innocently enrolls in a 14-day human drug testing study and finds his normal world turned upside-down. Like a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for the postmodern age, The Normals is a tour de force from a writer of astonishing intelligence and imagination.
"Much of [The Normals] antic humor derives from Gilbert's unerring grasp of America's varied forms of self-medication. But what makes this first novel memorable is its exploration of the contradictory desire both to escape the world and to be plunged back into it."-New Yorker
"Wild and woolly...a trenchant study of human suggestibility, tricked out with a wry subplot about the media hoopla surrounding a brain-tumor victim whose latest MRI bears a striking resemblance to the Shroud of Turin."-Seattle Times
"T.C. Boyle meets Alice Sebold with a bit of Paul Theroux...Gilbert uses sharp humor to tackle serious issues such as the search for self, love, and medical ethos. This is a novel that resonates long after you turn the last page."-Rocky Mountain News
"[A] must buy...[an] intelligent and funny dissection of our ADD-addled culture."-Maxim (four stars)
"A writer of loopy elegance...[Gilbert] is able to refract our world back to us in ways that words on the page can best convey."-Boston Globe
Also available: HC 1-58234-456-6 ISBN 13: 978-158234-456- $24.95

About David Gilbert

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David Gilbert is the author of the story collection Remote Feed and the novel The Normals. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, GQ, and Bomb. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.
Published December 1, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 392 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When the study is over and he has the chance to be the subject of an off-the-books, potentially lethal experiment, Billy jumps at it.

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HEN Billy Schine -- whom we'll call, for want of a better word, the hero of ''The Normals,'' David Gilbert's first novel -- skips out on his live-in girlfriend, Sally Hu, he can't produce a satisfactory goodbye note.

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The Normals by David Gilbert 373pp, Faber, £10.99 David Gilbert's first book, Remote Feed, was a collection of 10 caustic, clever and hilarious short stories, written in wonderfully precise prose, and moving easily between suburban melancholy and Hollywood blowout, subtle satire and blunt comedy.

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Publishers Weekly

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Gilbert, author of the short story collection Remote Feed , surrounds Billy with an oddball cast of normals, including an aspiring actor who practices his craft by faking symptoms and an oversexed femme fatale on a very self-involved quest.

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