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Big machine : a novel
Victor LaValle
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Summary: 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.


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main characters Ricky Rice
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Traumatized suicide cult survivor; former hustler; was addicted to heroine; works as a porter at a bus station; received an anonymous letter; finds himself a member of a secret society of ex-addicts and petty criminals turned paranormal investigators; follows the legacy of an escaped slave who claims to have had contact with a higher being.
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