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    It’s 1973, and a thirty-something widow has been cajoled by a young hippie parasite into financing their vacation to a nudist colony in the Northern California mountains. The night before their departure, however, she arrives home to learn that she and this man will be accompanied by the stripper on his lap. At Camp Freedom Lake, the trio meet a womanizing evangelist, a bumbling Zen gardener, and a pair of aging drug-addled swingers from Holland. Together, they’re catapulted through one improbable event after the other, each stranger than the last, until finally, the woman who was dominated by her fear of past and future finds herself reveling in the great here and now.

    D. Foy’s Absolutely Golden is a radical departure from his two previous novels, Made to Break and Patricide. It’s comic, ebullient, magic, light, gently surrealistic. It’s rollicking, effervescent, slyly profound. But more, this brisk tale offers a kaleidoscopic look at parts of the 1970s we haven’t often seen in fiction—nudism, New Age philosophy, Eastern religion, the occult, swingers culture, California culture, and then some. Best of all, Foy tells his story in the guise of a woman obsessed with the notion that she’ll never find another man until she’s rid of what she believes to be a mysterious curse. As if written in the marriage of Vladimir Nabokov, Renata Adler, and Anaïs Nin, her words transport us from doubt, despair, and dread into states of increasing wonder and euphoria.

    D. Foy is the author of the novels Made to Break, Patricide, and Absolutely Golden. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Guernica, Literary Hub, Salon, Hazlitt, Post Road, Electric Literature, BOMB, The Literary Review, and the Georgia Review, among many others, and have been included in the books Laundromat, A Moment’s Notice, and Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial.

    Annie DeWitt is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Esquire, Tin House, Guernica, The Believer, BOMB, The Iowa Review, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Poets and Writers, amongst others. Her debut story collection CLOSEST WITHOUT GOING OVER was shortlisted for the Mary McCarthy Award. Stories from the collection have appeared widely in the U.S., been anthologized, and translated into several languages. Her debut novel WHITE NIGHTS IN SPLIT TOWN CITY made the NYTimes "Short List" and was heralded by BookForum, amongst others, as "masterful" and "full of syntactic daring." She is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship. Annie is currently a Visiting Professor at Bennington College. 

    Ellery Washington is the author of Buffalo, a novel forthcoming with Creston Books. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Frankfurter Allgemeine, The International Review, Out Magazine and numerous literary anthologies, including the New York Times' Footsteps ‘Literary Pilgrimages Around the World,’ and the Echo Press National Bestseller State by State, ‘A Panoramic Portrait of America.’ He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the Pratt Institute, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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    By D. Foy
    ISBN: 9780998433967
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Stalking Horse Press - September 8th, 2017

    "D. Foy is an American hero and this book will slay you." --Sarah Gerard

    "Pure, mind-blowing enchantment." --Nelly Reifler

    "Gyrates seamlessly between the hilarious and profound." --Augustus Rose