By Rafi Zabor

ISBN-10: 039331863X

ISBN-13: 9780393318630

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

As Rafi Zabor's PEN-Faulkner Award-winning novel opens, the undergo shuffles and jigs with a sequence via his nostril, rolling within the gutter, letting his accomplice strive against him to the floor for the crowd's amusement. yet as quickly turns into transparent, this can be no traditional dancing endure. "I suggest, dance is o.k., even road dance. It's the poetry of the physique, flesh meaning to grace or inviting the spirit in to visit," he muses, yet prior to all else, the Bear's middle belongs to jazz. this can be, actually, one alto-sax-playing, Shakespeare-allusion-dropping, mystically susceptible endure, 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 dwell album, a police raid, a jailbreak, a cross-country travel, and no small volume of status later, endure reveals himself in love with a human woman--and staring down the best improbability of all.
Admittedly, a singular a couple of conversing, sax-blowing undergo would possibly not at the beginning appear everyone's cup of tea, yet Zabor's endure isn't any cuddly anthropomorph: "I could be donning a hat and a raincoat, inspiration the endure, yet no one's gonna mistake me for Paddington." He lives, he suffers, he loves--in truth, the affection scenes come as anything 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? so much of all, although, The undergo Comes Home conjures up the realm of improvisational jazz with consummate ability; Zabor, an established jazz journalist and drummer, writes approximately tune with a keenness and concept seldom discovered at the published web page. A wistful delusion approximately an artist's coming of age, a brilliantly satiric send-up of the track 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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MICHAEL There’s gotta be a better way to say that. 45 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:04 PM Page 46 46 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:04 PM Page 47 LUCILLE What’s Spanish for “I know you speak English”? 47 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:04 PM Page 48 MICHAEL It’s as Ann as the nose on plain’s face. 48 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:04 PM Page 49 49 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:04 PM Page 50 50 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:04 PM Page 51 MICHAEL She’s a little bit more like me. It’s like we finish each other’s— LINDSAY Sandwiches?

They’re gonna kill Grandpa. I gotta get out of here. I’m an innocent man. You gotta help Pop-pop get outta here. Give me your hair. GEORGE MICHAEL: My hair? : Give me your hair. Give Pop-pop your hair. 37 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:03 PM Page 38 (Mis)Communication 38 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:03 PM Page 39 TOBIAS Oh, I can just taste those meaty leading man parts in my mouth. 39 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:03 PM Page 40 40 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:03 PM Page 41 MAEBY: Do you guys know where I could get one of those gold necklaces with the “t” on it?

TOUC 31 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:03 PM Page 32 MICHAEL: You’re either going to jail, or if the judge shows absolutely no mercy at all, you’ll be staying here with my mother. 32 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:03 PM Page 33 33 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:03 PM Page 34 34 Arrested_Int_Layout 1 8/26/13 2:03 PM Page 35 BUSTER You lied to me. You said my father was my father, but my uncle is my father. My father is my uncle! : They’re gonna kill Grandpa. I gotta get out of here. I’m an innocent man.

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