The Verificationist by Donald Antrim

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With a New Introduction by George Saunders



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It is early spring, and Tom has called together his fellow psychologists at the Krakower Institute for their biannual pancake supper--a chance for likeminded analysts to talk shop and casually unburden themselves over flapjacks. But, as Tom knows (at least subconsciously), his brainy colleagues are a little on edge--simmering with romantic tension and professional grievance, their stew of conflicting ego and id just might boil to the surface before the pretty waitress brings their next coffee refill. When Tom tries to provoke a food fight, a rival colleague locks him in a therapeutic hold, triggering a transcendent if totally bizarre transformation that will free Tom to confront his greatest pleasures and fears.



Darkly funny and beautifully written, The Verificationist confirms Donald Antrim as one of America's best and most original authors.


 

About Donald Antrim

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DONALD ANTRIM is the author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He lives in New York City.
 
Published November 22, 2011 by Picador. 189 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The conversations of Tom’s colleagues are rendered in a pitch-perfect parody of psychoanalytic groupspeak, while contrasting nicely with the heated debates over theory and practice are all-too-fleshly appetites and resentments.

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But when a young waitress forces him to make a choice—eggs or blueberry pancakes?—Tom snaps, embarking on a hallucinatory out-of-body trip to the roof of the pancake house and beyond, where he warily eyes his nemesis in the adjoining group of child psychiatrists and analyzes his own life through ...

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When Tom starts to wing some cinnamon toast, a fellow shrink grabs him, thus precipitating a psychic ''break.'' Tom rises up toward the ceiling in an out-of-body experience.

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The Paris Review

Late last Tuesday night, a crowd gathered in an antique circus tent, in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square, to shelter from the rain, drink whiskey, and hear readings by Paris Review contributor Donald Antrim and Southern editor John Jeremiah Sullivan, both introduced by editor Lorin Stein.

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