This audacious reimagining of The Odyssey finds Penny home alone while Payne, a modern-day Odysseus, gallivants around the world on battleships and attack helicopters, waging wars of conquest. A drinking, drugging crew of ne’er-do-well squatters surrounds Penny, eager for her attention. Even their most eyebrow-raising exploits can’t distract her, though, as she angrily pines for Payne. But when a mysterious man with suspicious origins arrives on the scene, the suitors’ precarious pecking order falls to pieces in the glow of Penny’s newly ignited ardor.
Brutal, playful, sexy, and subversive, The Suitors is a classic of its own kind.
About the Author
BEN EHRENREICH is a journalist whose writing has appeared in LA Weekly, the Village Voice, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Book Review, and many other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.
Praise for The Suitors…
PRAISE FOR THE SUITORS
"Ehrenreich blends Tom Robbins’ sly humor with Steve Erickson’s bubbling sense of the subconscious and Voltaire’s irreverent twists of plot."LOS ANGELES TIMES"Ehrenreich writes with an ease and pure line-by-line skill that’s rare."THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Delicious . . . Ehrenreich’s prodigious, Joycean prose establishes him as a writer to watch."
"A unique, powerful new voice full of passion."
"This is truly a ravishing book."
"A feast fit for all of humanity’s inner vampires. Bloody, orchestral and exquisitely hopeful, it will spear you through the heart."
is an immensely clever novel . . . powerful . . . [an] unbroken pleasure."
"Brilliant, and at the same time moving. It’s a relief to know that literature exists yet."
"A compassionately conceived storytelling expedition into a world where epic struggles from the past and the present converge and converse."
"Smart and funny, taking swipes at the Bush administration, the Iraq war, and the notion of heroism, in this or any other age."
"Blends Tom Robbins’ sly humor with Steve Erickson’s bubbling sense of the subconscious and Voltaire’s irreverent twists of plot."
"Ehrenreich writes with an ease and pure line-by-line skill that’s rare."
"A beautifully structured and inventive novel . . . that will pull you back to it again and again."
"Gorgeous and brutal, sexy and sly and sad."
"At once anarchic and stirring, The Suitors
has the well-earned confidence of its own crazy music."