gregory SETH harris
novelist | poet | performer
THE PERFECT STRANGER
by gregory SETH harris
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Trim: 6" x 9", Pages: 370
Published by: Pierce the Age Press
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"Liberally sprinkled with incredible, unique images, Harris’s unconventional Perfect Stranger evokes the impression of Richard Brautigan cartwheeling down an Escherian Stairwell: Very creative, certainly strange, and possibly dangerous."
—Kenn Amdahl, author of
The Land of Debris and the Home of Alfredo
A peculiar stranger enters a town populated by absurdly eccentric characters. Loathed by some, befriended by others, he and his shadow are soon embroiled in the petty politics and social conflicts that keep the citizens at odd with him and each other.
Simultaneously silly and philosophically serious, THE PERFECT STRANGER is a modern-day Gulliver’s Travels, its naïve protagonist encountering members of each social strata, visiting the town’s major institutions, taken to court, and nearly sacrificed on the altar of absurdity.
A satirical study of human folly and the folly of human institutions, the author uses every trick in the book—and a few uniquely his own—to keep the laughs coming.
You can read this novel for its silliness and absurdity. You can read it for its wit and flights of lyricism. . .for its verbal trickery and clever turns of phrasing. . .for its cast of lovable, bizarrely colorful characters. . .for its complex plot and unexpected twists and turns. . .or for its pearls of wisdom and insight.
Whatever the reason, you owe it to your funny bone to read this novel.
Available as an eBook and paperback.
Praise for The Perfect Stranger
"A wild, delicious romp of a saga. Imagine Jonathan Swift, Terry Pratchett, Kurt Vonnegut – and Kafka - conspiring with Mistress Poesia herself. Harris has invented a new and divinely erudite & comedic genre: Real Magicalism. A devilishly good journey with a multiplex of literary lyrical splendors, crafted (& crafty!) linguistic play, and incisive social/political relevance. You will laugh out loud!" —Judyth Hill, author of Dazzling Wobble
"As charming and unpredictable as Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, while maintaining edgy, over-the-top Vonnegut-like satire. Filled with biting humor, clever wordplay, and dollops of generosity…a compelling read." —Laurie Marr Wasmund, author of Clean Cut and White Winter Trilogy
"With a poet’s eye and ear for the most unsettling but telling detail, Gregory SETH Harris has brought forth a unique and complex novel—a tour de force—more often than not a farcical indictment of social mores, if not the human condition." —Robert Milo Baldwin, author of Love & the Ost Soldier
"The Perfect Stranger brings together sharp social satire, brilliant insights into human nature and delightfully adept writing to weave a fantastic tale. If Camus had a sense of humor, he would love this story of the stranger who enters a closed society and rattles its mental blocks." —Judah Freed, author of Making Global Sense
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