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2000ft Above Worry Level

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title 2000ft Above Worry Level
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Eamonn Marra
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Pages:192
Category/GenreOckham Longlist Titles
Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction
ISBN/Barcode 9781776562978
ClassificationsDewey:NZ823.3
Audience
General

Publishing Details

Publisher Victoria University Press
Imprint Victoria University Press
Publication Date 13 February 2020
Publication Country New Zealand

Description

Everything is sad and funny and nothing is anything else 2000ft Above Worry Level begins on the sad part of the internet and ends at the top of a cliff face. This episodic novel is piloted by a young, anhedonic, gentle, slightly disassociated man. He has no money. He has a supportive but disintegrating family. He is trying hard to be better. He is painting a never-ending fence. Eamonn Marra's debut novel occupies the precarious spaces in which many twenty-somethings find themselves, forced as they are to live in the present moment as late capitalism presses in from all sides. Mortifying subjects - loserdom, depression, unemployment, cam sex - are surveyed with dignity and stoicism. Beneath Marra's precise, unemotive language and his character's steadfast grip on the surface of things, something is stirring. 'This is the type of hilarious that can only come from a deep understanding of the horror of living. 2000ft Above Worry Level is innovative in its form and a joy at sentence level. Marra's control of tone and mood breaks your heart with a belly laugh then puts it back together in a way that pulls compassion to the reader like wasps to Budget raspberry fizzy drink. This is a masterful work with a sharp eye, a raging intelligence and an incredible skill for telling a story. You can't read this book and stay the same. Read it!' -Pip Adam

Author Biography

Eamonn Marra is a writer and comedian. He was born and raised in Christchurch and now lives in Wellington. He has a masters degree from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Eamonn's shows include Man on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2014), Respite (2014/2015), I, Will Jones (2016-18), and Dignity (2018). 2000ft Above Worry Level is his first book.