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From the author of the acclaimed PENBingham Prize–winning A Naked Singularity; a shockingly hilarious novel that tackles with eual aplomb both America's most popular sport and its criminal justice systemFrom Paterson New Jersey to Rikers Island to the streets of New York City Sergio de la Pava's Lost Empress introduces readers to a cast of characters unlike any other in modern fiction dreamers and exiles immigrants and night shift workers lonel. Perhaps my first major noveldiscovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr r s I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub d his HatBox of a second novel Certainly if anything can be experimental it s that one I doubt anyone s captured its unifying thread yetvsDanielewski s first one I had a mild reception to not uite hot enough after a steady diet of my favorite Barth But really a cool novel I bailed on his second one Only Revolutions but I will return and felt a bit cheated with his 50 Swords thing But Then The Familiar At least there s GOLD once again no one is buying now after five glorious volumes damn american readership with their crappy taste buds At any rate A story of my reading to contrast with mine of de la PavaBecause his new one is not very good It is written I ll say edited and blame the editor for that readership I just growled at in the above para Let me say it felt like Pessl or The Last Western but no one reads that one than DFW Of course it resembles DFW like a dairyueen strawberry milkshake resembles a strawberry and so can be appropriately thusly compared There s very little fat in here some clever tricks some of the DFW thoughtswallowingitself There s characters and there s plot and But Just Whatever Disappointed Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide unlike any other in modern fiction dreamers and exiles immigrants and night shift workers lonel. Perhaps my first major noveldiscovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity the List in that exuberant Review of mine is now fully retired but I credit it with introducing me to a number of wonderful gr r s I totally stuck by de la Pava when he pub d his HatBox of a second novel Certainly if anything can be experimental it s that one I doubt anyone s captured its The White Nights of Ramadan unifying thread yetvsDanielewski s first one I had a mild reception to not Beyond the Pale uite hot enough after a steady diet of my favorite Barth But really a cool novel I bailed on his second one Only Revolutions but I will return and felt a bit cheated with his 50 Swords thing But Then The Familiar At least there s GOLD once again no one is buying now after five glorious volumes damn american readership with their crappy taste buds At any rate A story of my reading to contrast with mine of de la PavaBecause his new one is not very good It is written I ll say edited and blame the editor for that readership I just growled at in the above para Let me say it felt like Pessl or The Last Western but no one reads that one than DFW Of course it resembles DFW like a dairyueen strawberry milkshake resembles a strawberry and so can be appropriately thusly compared There s very little fat in here some clever tricks some of the DFW thoughtswallowingitself There s characters and there s plot and But Just Whatever Disappointed

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Skin kings of America Meanwhile Nuno DeAngeles a brilliant and lethal criminal mastermind has gotten himself thrown into Rikers to commit perhaps the most audacious crime of all time With grace humor and razor sharp prose de la Pava tackles everything from Salvador Dalí Joni Mitchell psychiatric help and emergency medicine to religion the many species of love and theoretical physics as all these threads combine to count down to an epic conclusion. Frustrating book The winding of characters and even the bones of the story are good but too many sitcom dialogues lectures and eye rolling shortcuts on development of story and of character Audible book performances were pretty good but I m too lazy to enter that edition in here myself

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Y pastors and others at the fringes of society each with their own impact on the fragile universe they navigate At the story's center is Nina Gill daughter of the aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys who was instrumental in building her father's dynasty So it's a shock when her brother inherits the team and she is left with the Paterson Pork New Jersey's only Indoor Football League franchise Nina vows to take on the NFL and make the Paterson Pork pig. repeat my usual plaint re the flaws of simple five star rating specifically i would break this out into sub ratings and i would give this book a five for ambition a four for creativity a two for execution and5 stars for authorial restrainti have long been out of the custom of reading maximal literary novels but i enjoyed Naked Singularity which has a loooot of the same charms and anti charms as this book and generally dig de la Pava s authorial persona he self published Naked S after getting rejected by a lot of agents and also I had a coupon on the kindle storeso this is a novel about a parallel universe where the NFL goes on strike and an XFL esue subaltern league rises to prominence thanks to the expertise of renegade NFL heiress who is basically a 1930s screwball heroine Nina meanwhile on Rikers Island a character who is clearly meant as a kind of non biological twin Nuno gets himself sent to Rikers on purpose in order to steal already stolen art hidden there These two stories creep toward one another with a bunch of detours and weirdnesses at its core and you have to do a lot of chewing to get to that core this is a novel about 1 the carceral state 2 football 3 the moloch blood god esue shared properties of items 1 2 it is at times impossibly funny punishingly accurate in its tossed off diagonses of social and spiritual woes of 21c americahumankind in general it is also a giant sloppy mess with huge skippable monologues about space time too much philosophizng and savagely undercooked plot mechanics it just doesn t really feel 100% finished which who knows is a book ever finished i think there is a killer 200 page novel in here about football prison and the shape of souls and i enjoyed reading those passages immensely i feel less positive about the other parts of the book but if i have to choose between deranged haymakers like this and dehydrated narrow introspection i will choose this book every time because it has jokes no one is making me choose but i am choosing to choose as a kind of ambient unsolicited hostile gesture


About the Author: Sergio de la Pava

Sergio de la Pava is the author of A Naked SingularitySergio de la Pava is a writer who does not live in BrooklynIn August 2013 Sergio won PENRobert W Bingham Award for his debut fiction A Naked Singularity



10 thoughts on “Lost Empress

  1. says:

    Gazing Down the PlugholeIt takes an exceptional talent to sustain comedic prose in so many distinct voices for ove

  2. says:

    Perhaps my first major noveldiscovery credited to this wonderful corner of gr is A Naked Singularity the List in t

  3. says:

    The empress has no clothes on This was like reading a 600 page novel by a first year undergrad You know the kind he thinks he's a genius and has recently read Lacan's Wikipedia page is deeply into artisinal something or other but is bright enough that there's the chance that in ten or fifteen years time he'll be capable of looking back at his past self and being deeply and deservedly embarrassed

  4. says:

    a naked singularity felt like a breath of fresh air to me but i knew only 40 pages into this thing that it was a pale facsimile of the stylegrace he achieved there with some sleeve worn dfw influence thrown in the witty dialogue is deeply unfunny the cerebral riffs are weightless and performative it's just not good and i'm not rea

  5. says:

    If Thomas Pynchon now 81 never pens another novel I’ll be sad grateful for his epic novels like GRAVITY’S RAINBOW and AGAINST THE DAY but content we still have Sergio de la Pava hanging around writing novels

  6. says:

    repeat my usual plaint re the flaws of simple five star rating specifically i would break this out into sub ratings and i would give this book a five for ambition a four for creativity a two for execution and5 stars for authorial restrainti have long been out of the custom of reading maximal literary novels but i enjoyed Naked Singularity which has a loooot of the same charms and anti charms as this book and

  7. says:

    If you look out over the landscape and all you see is post Carver MFA stuff “how I came of age in small town Indiana” Sergio de la Pava is the writer for you Now as someone who got serious about his own writing due to postmetamodern fiction you might say Sergio de la Pava is the writer for me as well And hey I do enjo

  8. says:

    A brilliant funny crude violent wildly inventive ensemble novel featuring an oligarch NFL owner a Rikers inmate a 911 dispatcher an EMT art thieves a genius parking garage attendant and my favorite character a sandwich deliverywoman turned fake lawyer turned into deputy commissioner of a semi pro football league This massive story is impossible to summarize It's also the best case I've read in ages for the c

  9. says:

    Frustrating book The winding of characters and even the bones of the story are good but too many sitcom dialogues lectures and eye rolling shortcuts on development of story and of character Audible book performances were pretty good but I’m too lazy to enter that edition in here myself

  10. says:

    We Americans live in a cartoonish country cartoonish now than ever Politically speaking it’s literally represented nearly every day through Patrick Chappatte’s work in the New York Times Yet the good old US of A’s cart

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