A quirky, dark and unique road story that will be devoured by fans of Dave Eggers, Augusten Burroughs, Tom Robbins and Douglas Adams, a cult classic in the making!
Cameron Smith's been given some bad news: he's got a terminal illness and he's going to die. This was discovered when he started seeing things, like Dulcie, a loopy punk angel with a bad sugar habit who promises him there is a cure if he's willing to go in search of it.
So, with the help of Gonzo, a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf, and a garden gnome who might just be the Viking god of Balder, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a parallel universe-hoping physicists, mythic New Orleans jazz musicians, whacked-out television game shows, snow globe vigilantes and disenfranchised, fame-hungry teens- and into the heart of what matters most
Filled with the pithy observations of life from a teenager who doesn't fit the mould and the sense of not quite knowing what is real, what's paranormal and what's a figment of a disturbed mind (ala Donnie Darko), a crazy mix of road trip and surreal science (that's your Douglas Adams), and capturing the essence of a generation of Americans (in the style of Douglas Coupland's Girlfriend in a Coma), this highly original, extraordinary, inventive and very smart novel is sure to generate loads of talk and reader enjoyment!
Praise for Going Bovine:
'wholly unique, ambitious, tender, thought-provoking and often fall-off-the-chair funny'- Publishers Weekly
'Libba Bray's story is a death-and-life struggle played out across the action-packed breadth and the surreal depths of America. It's fast, brightly lit and full of gags on the surface, but loss, mystery and significance twang through it like minor chords from a steel guitar.' - Margo Lanagan.
Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy. She has written short stories about everything from Cheap Trick concerts to The Rocky Horror Picture Show devotees to meeting Satan worshippers on summer vacation. Libba lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son and two cats.
Allen and Unwin
Author: Libba Bray