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Outside the Gates of Eden -- an excerpt and a blurb from Jonathan Lethem

Outside the Gates of Eden by Lewis Shiner


It's probably nigh unto impossible to give a reader an accurate impression of a 350,000 word novel with an excerpt that's less than 1000 words, but Lewis Shiner accomplishes just that on the Outside the Gates of Eden product page, where he offers a momentary glimpse at Woodstock, one of the pivotal settings of this expansive novel.

We have another blurb to share with you, as well. Jonathan Lethem, he of Motherless Brooklyn, and, most recently, The Feral Detective, offered this glowing endorsement for Eden:

“In Outside the Gates of Eden Lewis Shiner displays the panoramic historical consciousness of a Pynchon or DeLillo, and yet every page is suffused with a humble and scrupulous humanity, scrubbed of abstractions or grandiosity—you simply live with his people and know them and love them. Shiner’s interest in the way the world actually works—how people write a song, or learn to dance, or play cards, or write a dissertation, or raise a kid—reminds me of Howard Hawks or John D. Macdonald; this book’s vision is similarly rooted in a retrieval of those gritty, egalitarian virtues that can make you (still) willing to somehow get up in the morning and face it all.”

Limited: 1000 signed numbered hardcover copies: $45



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