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The debut novel from the author of Blood Lake, a collection of short stories that was critically acclaimed and landed on the Los Angeles Times best-seller list. An adventure in the absurd, Iceland begins with our narrator, Paul, arriving at a mysterious "Institute" to pick out - on doctor's orders - a new internal organ. There he meets Emily, a young, bikini-clad woman hired to stimulate the organs preserved in a nutrient-enhanced swimming pool, and falls in love amidst a flurry of chlorine and kick-boards. In Jim Krusoe's world, this is about as simple as life gets. Paul's brief interlude with Emily sets the course for his extraordinary adventures, which involve a troublesome stain on Paul's rug, a volcano, Paul's marriage and children, six years in a piano bar with a girl named Calypso Sally, and a long stretch in the State Penitentiary. But throughout it all Paul keeps re-imagining that first afternoon by the poolside with Emily, his one true love. Iceland is a novel of melancholic hilarity that raises serious questions along the way about the nature of memory, imagination, and desire.

Author: Jim Krusoe, James Krusoe
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Published: 06/01/2002
Pages: 182
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.49lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.10w x 0.59d
ISBN: 9781564783141

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 05/01/2002 pg. 613
Booklist 05/15/2002 pg. 1573
Publishers Weekly 05/27/2002 pg. 35
Library Journal 06/15/2002 pg. 94

About the Author

Jim Krusoe is a writer from Ohio.

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