The End of the World!
The End of the World: An odd, yet oddly touching tale of life, death, and the space in-between by award-winning author Andrew Biss.
"Wildly imaginative and breathtakingly surreal, The End of the World from award-winning author Andrew Biss will give you a once-in-a-lifetime read. Coupling majestic themes of mortality and the purpose of life with ample amounts of humor and absurdity, this story of Valentine's foray through a purgatory-like landscape will have you reflecting on your own life and turning the pages to find out what happens next. One-of-a-kind books like this don't come along too often. Grab it now before life passes you by!" --Kindle Fire Department
"Like Douglas Adams "Hitchhiker's" only better."
"Get ready for a zany roller-coaster ride that becomes more bizarre the further you get into this surreal story. Told with great verve and spiced through with wit, this hugely entertaining story will grab you, hold you and won't leave you until the ride is over. Even then, the story will stick in the memory."
"The End of the World is a brilliant, intelligent tour de 'farce' delivered well-wrapped in a cutting wit so slyly subtle that the reader will return again and again out of sheer appreciation for the dialogue of its exceptional characters."
Are you prepared for what comes next?
Accustomed to a life of cosseted seclusion at home with his parents, Valentine is suddenly faced with making his own way in the world. His new life is quickly upended, however, when he's mugged at gunpoint. Finding shelter at a mysterious inn run by the dour Mrs. Anna, he soon encounters a Bosnian woman with a hole where her stomach used to be, an American entrepreneur with a scheme to implant televisions into people's foreheads, and a Catholic priest who attempts to lure him down inside a kitchen sink. Then things start getting strange...
In this story based loosely around the state of Bardo from The Tibetan Book of the Dead - an intermediate state where the dead arrive prior to rebirth - dying is the easy part. Getting out of Bardo and returning to the land of the living is a far more perilous proposition, and unless you know what you're doing...you might never leave.
An odd, yet oddly touching tale of life, death, and the space in-between.