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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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Long, Last, Happy

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“If this were a movie—and a central conceit of the book is that the movies and Hollywood have failed us—it would be a David Lynch production. . . . Being inside his various heads [is] an exciting, if occasionally alarming, experience.”
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When Will reconnects with his childhood friend the world suddenly seems disproportionate. Sherman Oaks is scarcely three feet tall at forty-five. Seeing his ironically sized sculptures—replicas of his body varying from the gargantuan to the miniscule—sparks in Will a flurry of obsessive-compulsive thoughts and a nagging desire to experience the world on foot. Ignoring his therapist and nemesis, Zack Busner, Self travels to Hollywood on a mission to discover who, or what, killed the movies. Convinced that everyone—including his agent, friends, and bums on the street—is being portrayed by a famous actor, Self goes undercover into the dangerous world of celebrity culture. He circumambulates the metropolitan area in wild, hallucinating episodes, eventually arriving on the English cliffs of East Yorkshire where he comes face to face with one of Jonathan Swift’s immortal Struldbruggs.

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