An OMG exploration of WTF . . . If Willful Suspension of Disbelief were a race in the literary Olympics, this moving and luminous debut would set the record. If this novel were edible, it’d be less like a plate of meat than an inside-out eel roll atop a Russian doll.
Set at the dawn of the Internet age, this imaginatively unhinged yet formally controlled contemporary fable dramatizes the struggle between impulsivity and restraint. A sort of semi-perverted post-YA novel, The Shimmering Go-Between is about . . . Hot air balloons! Terraria! Goop storms! Never has a semi-illustrated story about longing, loss, and love been so good-natured, inventive, and insane.
Contemporary American Fabulism
“A moving, modern meditation on loss and renewal, The Shimmering Go-Between is recommended for readers who want innovation and whimsy without losing the heart and soul that makes a story resonate long after it’s been read.”
– Foreword Reviews
— Lee Klein (@eyeshotLK) May 16, 2014
An “intricately layered debut novel that manages to reorganize the landscapes of conception, birth, death, Heaven and New Jersey . . . Klein leads the reader to a ledge of unbelievability and dares the reader to believe . . . and then he pushes you off that ledge. Giggling.”
– Word Riot
— Lee Klein (@eyeshotLK) August 5, 2014
“The Shimmering Go-Between is a strange novel. Yet it’s an intricate, even beautiful, strangeness that never loses sight of its characters’ shared humanity.”
ShimmeringGo-Between by @eyeshotLK strangest, darkest, funniest ride I’ve taken in a very long time. Klein is mad, mad, mad and brilliant.
— Edward Carey (@EdwardCarey70) June 19, 2014
“Comedy, genuine feeling, and an authentic sense of what it’s like to be alive in our time.”
– Christian TeBordo, author of The Awful Possibilities
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lee Klein is the author of Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck: Rejection Letters from the Eyeshot Outbox (Barrelhouse Books, 2014). A graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.