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The Alarming Palsy of James Orr (Hardcover)

    By Tom Lee
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    Description


    A Kafkaesque and darkly humorous “suburban gothic” that tracks the unraveling of man’s body, mind, and life.
     
    James Orr—husband, father, reliable employee and all-around model citizen—awakes one morning to find half his face paralyzed.
     
    Waiting for the affliction to pass, he stops going to work and wanders his idyllic estate, with its woodland, uniform streets and perfectly manicured lawns. But there are cracks in the veneer. And as his orderly existence begins to unravel, it appears that James himself may not be the man he thought he was.
     
    A deeply unsettling story of creeping horror that consistently confounds expectations, The Alarming Palsy of James Orr introduces a writer of extraordinary and disturbing talents.

    About the Author


    Tom Lee’s fiction and personal essays have appeared in The Sunday Times, Esquire, Prospect, The Dublin Review, and Zoetrope, among others. He is also the author of Greenfly, a collection of short fiction. His work has been shortlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award and longlisted for The Notting Hill Essay Prize. He currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing at Goldsmiths College in London.

    Praise For…


    Praise for The Alarming Palsy of James Orr

    "Tom Lee’s clipped, cold-blooded sentences form a thin mantle over the sinisterly simmering plot of this mesmerising first novel."
    The Financial Times
     
    "In this disquieting novel, Lee explores how briskly the pleasures that we take for granted can vanish . . . Lee's writing pulses with humour and an appreciation of the abject silliness of human beings . . . He writes with a needle, and with a short-story master's eye for structure."
    Sunday Times


    "Perception and reality blur in a compelling fable about otherness, anxiety and the alienating effects of illness . . . Darkly comic fun . . . [A] compelling mystery."
    The Guardian

    "A sober and unsettling voice . . . The real accomplishment of Tom Lee's novel is its haunting evocation of the insidiously dystopian climate of English suburbia."
    The Times Literary Supplement

    "A quietly brilliant novel that questions whether conformity is a form of illness."
    Metro (UK)


    "Astonishing and riveting . . . a perfectly calibrated absurdist novel that amuses and unnerves in equal measure."
    —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

    "A ferociously entertaining fable of a man coming undone. Like Donald Antrim, Tom Lee constructs a world of clean open air where curious things happen, where people aren't always who they seem, and where the places we choose to live turn out  to be much stranger than we thought. You'll finish The Alarming Palsy of James Orr in a day, and obsess over it for weeks."
    —Ian MacKenzie, author of Feast Days

    "Animating Tom Lee's darkly hilarious The Alarming Palsy of James Orr is a dread many of us must unknowingly carry inside us: that any moment some fresh disaster might strike us, one that casts us not into dramatic exile but rather leaves us only ever so slightly apart, marooned at the slimmest possible distance from the good lives we thought we'd earned and forever secured." 
    —Matt Bell, author of Scrapper 

    "A slim shiver of dread and paranoia, Tom Lee's superb debut novel explores the darkness that exists millimetres beneath the seemingly normal, regular world. It is a read-in-one sitting fable of considerable power and skill."
    —Stuart Evers, author of Ten Stories About Smoking 

    "This book reads like an insidious suburban nightmare, pared down to its bare essentials. A highly controlled and expert commentary on the fickleness of our modern life."
    —Book Riot
    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781641290043
    ISBN-10: 1641290048
    Publisher: Soho Press
    Publication Date: January 22nd, 2019
    Pages: 208
    Language: English