Big Machine

Big Machine

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Random House, Inc.
A fiendishly imaginative comic novel about doubt, faith, and the monsters we carry within us.


Ricky Rice was as good as invisible: a middling hustler, recovering dope fiend, and traumatized suicide cult survivor running out the string of his life as a porter at a bus depot in Utica, New York. Until one day a letter appears, summoning him to the frozen woods of Vermont. There, Ricky is inducted into a band of paranormal investigators comprised of former addicts and petty criminals, all of whom had at some point in their wasted lives heard The Voice: a mysterious murmur on the wind, a disembodied shout, or a whisper in an empty room that may or may not be from God.

Evoking the disorienting wonder of writers like Haruki Murakami and Kevin Brockmeier, but driven by Victor LaValle’s perfectly pitched comic sensibility Big Machine is a mind-rattling literary adventure about sex, race, and the eternal struggle between faith and doubt.

Baker & Taylor
Scraping out an existence as a New York bus porter, recovering addict and suicide cult survivor Ricky Rice is inducted into a band of paranormal investigators who share his experience of having heard disembodied voices that may have a divine source.

Blackwell North Amer
Ricky Rice is a middle-aged, middling hustler with a lingering junk habit, a bum knee, and a haunted mind. The sole survivor of a suicide cult, he spends his days scraping by as a porter at a bus depot in Utica, New York, until one day a letter arrives, reminding him of a vow he once made and summoning him to Vermont's remote Northeast Kingdom to fulfill it.
There, Ricky is inducted into a band of paranormal investigators comprised of former addicts and petty criminals, all of whom had at some point in their wasted lives heard the Voice: a murmur on the wind, a disembodied shout, a whisper in an empty room that may or may not have been from God. Their mission is to find the Voice - and figure out what it wants.
Big Machine takes us from Ricky's childhood in a beatific cult housed in a New York City tenement to his near-death in the basement of an Iowa house owned by a man named Murder to his final confrontation with an army of true believers - and with his own past.

Baker
& Taylor

Scraping out an existence as a New York bus porter, recovering addict and suicide cult survivor Ricky Rice is inducted into a band of paranormal investigators who share his experience of having heard voices that may have a divine source.

Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385527989
0385527985
Branch Call Number: FICTION LAVAL...V

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elloyd74
Jan 07, 2011

Strange, singular, and suspenseful as all get-out, "Big Machine" redefines the idea of a literary pageturner.

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SPL_STARR Jun 15, 2015

"Don't look for dignity in public bathrooms."

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