A novel by Eugene Lim
July 16, 2024 • 5 x 7.5 • 224 Pages • 9781566896931
Long out of print, Eugene Lim's wry and haunting debut novel returns to shelves with a new introduction from Renee Gladman and a fresh, reversible cover.
Reconciling life after divorce, Jim secludes himself in the Midwest, living in an aimless nostalgia, while Sarah runs headfirst through New York in an attempt to bypass the grief of her dissolved marriage. Mystically connected by an old friend and the effects of his actions, they both attempt to chase him down—the resulting unexplained coincidences, cryptic fortunes, and trading of souls blur the lines between reality and the supernatural. Intertwined by their past, Jim and Sarah’s lives become entangled in a moving mystery of loss, grief, and the loneliness of the human condition.
About the Author
Eugene Lim is the author of the novels The Strangers (Black Square Editions, 2013), Dear Cyborgs (FSG Originals, 2017), and Search History (Coffee House Press, 2022). His writings have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Baffler, Dazed, Fence, Little Star, Granta, and elsewhere. He is a high school librarian, runs Ellipsis Press, and lives in Queens, New York, with Joanna and Felix.
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Praise for Search History
Literary Hub, “Most Anticipated Books of 2021”
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Literary Hub, “22 Novels You Need to Read This Fall”
Bustle, “Best Books of October 2021”
“A post-human manifesto on loss, identity, and the transfigurative potential of art. . . . This brilliant sui generis takes storytelling to new heights.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“As befits a book dealing with death and rebirth, the novel oscillates between the uncanny and the philosophical. . . . Lim brings together the mundane and the extraordinary to powerful effect.” —Kirkus, starred review
“Fans of Haruki Murakami’s melancholy, oneiric tales will also delight in Lim’s assault upon consensus reality. He encourages the reader to ‘stop making sense,’ in the Talking Heads manner, and experience the universe as a magical tapestry of events whose overall pattern is perceivable only by God—or maybe after one’s own death.” —Paul Di Filippo, The Washington Post
“Sometimes new works arrive, such as Eugene Lim’s strange, sinuous, highly memorable novel Search History that seem to herald some dawning technological epoch. . . . A work of eerie and lasting power.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
Praise for Dear Cyborgs
Vol. 1 Brooklyn, “Favorite Fiction Books of 2017”
Literary Hub, “Staff Favorite Books 2017”
“Wondrous . . . [A] sense of the erratic and tangential quality of everyday life—even if it’s displaced into a bizarre, parallel world—drifts off the page, into the world you see, after reading Dear Cyborgs.” —Hua Hsu, The New Yorker