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When Yuvis wife finds him in his underwear, standing on top of his desk, she isnt particularly impressed with his writing habits. But Yuvi worries. He has a wife who wants things he cant give her, an editor who wants a book he cant deliver, a brother-in-law whose gastrointestinal disease may lead him to a morbid end, and dead parents who, well, they dont really want anything, but that doesnt stop the memory of them from haunting him.As the structure of Yuvis novel falls apart, so do his life and marriage.His novel and his life blend together as Yuvi struggles to pull out of the mess. He travels from his suburban Jewish childhood in Atlanta to the North Carolina mountains of his fathers youth, to several hospital waiting rooms, to the living room of a grieving Palestinian man, and even to Uranus (and back, of course).Heartbreaking and hilarious, 'A Brilliant Novel in the Works' is the utterly original debut novel from Yuvi Zalkow, praised by Cheryl Strayed as “the secret love child of the smartest person youve ever met and the weirdo who lives down the block.”

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