Though bite-size, this first novel by Sam Savage
is mouth-wateringly creative, clever, unconventional and entertaining. Firmin
the Rat was born in the basement of a bookstore, and from thenceforth constructs
his entire schema of the world both around him and within him in terms of
literature. His imagination is as wild as the author's, taking Firmin on flights
of fancy that encapsulate the reader in a fantasy land that is hard to tear away
from. He takes us around the world to cities like Paris, inside the intimate
relationships of Hollywood stars such as Ginger Rogers, into the brains of literary
greats including F. Scott Fitzgerald, and everywhere in between.
Bibliophiles will love the many references to classic literature, ranging from Shakespeare to Hemingway to Dickens to Byron. But the story, peppered with laugh-out-loud humor and raw emotion, is also ...
About the Author
Sam Savage is a native of South Carolina now living in Madison, Wisconsin. He received his bachelor and doctoral degree from Yale University where he taught briefly, and has also worked as a bicycle mechanic, carpenter, commercial fisherman, and letterpress printer.
Firmin was first published by Coffee House Press in 2006 with limited distribution. It is reprinted by Delta, an imprint of Bantam Books, part of Random House.
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