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By Rafi Zabor

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: "A hilarious, richly imagined bear's eye view of affection, tune, alienation, manhood and humanity . . . that recollects Pynchon at his so much controlled."—Publishers Weekly

As Rafi Zabor's PEN-Faulkner Award-winning novel opens, the endure shuffles and jigs with a sequence via his nostril, rolling within the gutter, letting his associate strive against him to the floor for the crowd's leisure. yet as quickly turns into transparent, this is often no traditional dancing endure. "I suggest, dance is alright, even road dance. It's the poetry of the physique, flesh desiring to grace or inviting the spirit in to visit," he muses, yet earlier than all else, the Bear's middle belongs to jazz. this is often, actually, one alto-sax-playing, Shakespeare-allusion-dropping, mystically susceptible undergo, and he's eventually bored to death with passing the hat. One evening he sneaks out to a jazz membership and joins a jam consultation. at the power of the subsequent day's write-up within the Village Voice, the undergo starts to mess around city and hobnob with a few of jazz's real-life greats. A reside album, a police raid, a jailbreak, a cross-country journey, and no small volume of popularity later, endure unearths himself in love with a human woman--and staring down the best improbability of all.
Admittedly, a unique a few conversing, sax-blowing endure won't firstly look everyone's cup of tea, yet Zabor's endure isn't any cuddly anthropomorph: "I should be donning a hat and a raincoat, concept the endure, yet no one's gonna mistake me for Paddington." He lives, he suffers, he loves--in truth, the affection scenes come as whatever of a surprise, and never only for the standard interspecies purposes. Who knew that the outline of a bear's reproductive mechanisms can be so delicate or so unabashedly erotic? such a lot of all, notwithstanding, The undergo Comes Home inspires the area of improvisational jazz with consummate ability; Zabor, an established jazz journalist and drummer, writes approximately tune with a keenness and thought seldom stumbled on at the published web page. A wistful delusion approximately an artist's coming of age, a brilliantly satiric send-up of the tune company and jazz feedback, The undergo Comes Home is a debut very like that of the undergo himself: transcendent, unforeseen, wise.
--Mary Park

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Proverb 45 a p a t h y Hard work has never killed anyone, but it frightens some people half to death. Aldous Huxley 46 a l i f e c h o i c e Marriage has many pains but celibacy has no pleasures. Samuel Johnson Rasselas 47 a p a t h y If it rained knowledge, I’d hold out my hand; but I would not give myself the trouble to go in quest of it. Boswell Life of Johnson 48 a l i f e c h o i c e In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin F ranklin Franklin letter to Jean-Baptiste Le Roy 49 a p a t h y Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.

Saves time like putting off until tomorrow what you should do today. Malcolm Muggeridge 40 a l i f e c h o i c e My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it. I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh – anything but work. Abraham Lincoln 41 a p a t h y The chief attraction of military service has consisted and will consist in this compulsory and irreproachable idleness. Tolstoy War and Peace 42 a l i f e c h o i c e Put off the evil hour as long as you can.

Saves time like putting off until tomorrow what you should do today. Malcolm Muggeridge 40 a l i f e c h o i c e My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it. I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh – anything but work. Abraham Lincoln 41 a p a t h y The chief attraction of military service has consisted and will consist in this compulsory and irreproachable idleness. Tolstoy War and Peace 42 a l i f e c h o i c e Put off the evil hour as long as you can.

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