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The Visible Man
by Chuck Klosterman


Overview - Klosterman writes an imaginative page-turner about a therapist and her unusual patient--a man who can render himself invisible. Interspersed with notes, correspondence, and transcriptions that catalog a relationship based on uncertainty, curiosity, and fear, "The Visible Man" is sure to delight his ever-growing legion of fans.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Klosterman writes an imaginative page-turner about a therapist and her unusual patient--a man who can render himself invisible. Interspersed with notes, correspondence, and transcriptions that catalog a relationship based on uncertainty, curiosity, and fear, "The Visible Man" is sure to delight his ever-growing legion of fans. 240 pp. 125,000 print.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781439184462
  • ISBN-10: 1439184461
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Publish Date: October 2011
  • Page Count: 240

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-06-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Klosterman's (Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs) deadpan humor is on full display in this tour de force exploration of intimacy and voyeurism. Austin-based therapist Victoria Vick takes on new client "Y____," as she calls him, a brilliant, cruel, troubled, and cagy man who refuses to see her in person or explain why he wants help. Y____ claims to be a rogue government scientist in possession of a stolen body suit and a light-trapping skin cream that render him ostensibly invisible. Sneaking into people's homes is merely "a scientific endeavor," he insists. Victoria is skeptical of Y____, but his creepy, riveting monologues about his observations draw her under his spell. Y____'s invasions are marvelously detailed; aware of the "dim, undefined" shadow cast by his secret suit, he avoids "walking in front of south facing windows during the afternoon." Klosterman layers on the formal virtuosity by presenting his novel as an early draft of a book about Y____ that Victoria has assembled from notes, voice mails, and session transcripts. Although the narrative resolution lacks the inventiveness Klosterman brings to the form (Y____'s motives are disappointingly conventional), this novel is still strikingly original, a vibrant mix of thriller, sci-fi, and literary fiction genres. (Oct.)

 
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