From a Pulitzer Prize finalist comes a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about a musician climbing back from rock bottom.
Pages: 320 pagesPublisher: Little, Brown and CompanyDate: March 3rd 2015ISBN: 0316368911
As winter deepens in Pollard, Illinois, 30-something Francis Falbo is holed up in an attic apartment, recovering from a series of traumas: his mother’s death, his beloved wife’s desertion, and his once-ascendant rock band’s irreconcilable break-up. He hasn’t changed out of his bathrobe-“the uniform of a Life in Default”-for nine days. All he has left is hischildhoom home, whose remaining rooms he rents to a cast of eccentric tenants, becoming increasingly entangled in their lives, with results that are by turns disastrous, hysterical, and ultimately healing.KNOW YOUR BEHOLDER is an uproarious and affecting novel about what we do when our lives have crumbled around us and we must collect the jagged pieces and begin anew. Seldom have our foibles and our efforts to perservere in spite of them been laid bare with such heart and hope.
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Author Adam Rapp gives readers a glimpse into the life and mind of rock musician turned landlord Francis Falbo, following a series of devastating events in his life. As Francis grapples with his mother’s death, his wife’s abandonment, and the break-up of his band, he begins to obsess over the lives of his quirky tenants. Agoraphobic Francis’s life is hysterically depressing. He walks around in long johns, a bathrobe, and slippers for a large part of the book, grows out a beard he’s constantly losing food in, and facies himself at times a detective, a burglar, and a spy. All while “trapped” inside his childhood home.