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THE BEND OF THE WORLD

by Bacharach, Jacob

The most audacious literary debut to come out of the Steel City since The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

Peter Morrison is twenty-nine. He lives in Pittsburgh. He’s got a good job and weird girlfriend, and if his family’s fortune isn’t what it once was, his name—or his rich, hypochondriac grandmother, anyway—is still good for admission to the better parties. But his best friend, Johnny, is an addict and a conspiracy theorist, and people really do keep spotting UFOs hovering over the city.

Against this strange and luminous background, Peter meets Mark and Helen, a couple who are at once glamorous and slightly sinister, with whom, it’s fair to say, our boy falls quickly and stupidly in love. While Johnny falls deeper down a rabbit hole of drugs and into a mad plan to alter the future by traveling back to the present, Mark takes Peter under his corporate wing and initiates him into a more mundane (maybe) conspiracy of secrets, lies, and legalese.

A coming of age novel in which no one quite comes of age, a Bildungsroman with the real reality’s hostility to too much Bildung, THE BEND OF THE WORLD is a novel that asks not if we are all prisoners of our past, but prisoners of our own future. A genre-crossing hybrid of office comedy, society satire, and The X-files, Ned Beauman meets Joshua Ferris, Rachel Kushner by way of Philip K. Dick, THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH mugged in a dark alley by a cocaine-addicted sasquatch, this novel is the reason the world did not end in 2012. This is Jacob Bacharach’s debut novel.

Jacob Bacharach is an arts administrator at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and manager of the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. He has a BA in English and creative writing from Oberlin College. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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“An audacious, hilarious and aptly surreal satire of the state of America in this new, uncanny century, as well as a brilliant portrait of a new generation of fledgling adults. THE BEND OF THE WORLD will talk to the generation now approaching 30 in the way that Chabon's MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH spoke to my own 25 year ago.”

Quote: Dan Chaon, author

“Jacob Bacharach has a great comic voice -- shrewd, deadpan and dirty -- and THE BEND IN THE WORLD fears no weirdness. This should do Pittsburgh proud.”

Quote: Sam Lipsyte, author

You could be forgiven for calling Bacharach's voice otherworldly, but thankfully for us all it's wonderfully, warmly human. An excellent debut and a hell of a good story.

Quote: Joshua Ferris, author

“Mighty strange doings in the Pittsburgh of Jacob Bacharach’s mind-tripping debut novel THE BEND IN THE WORLD: a regular X-Files-a-go-go where yeti, UFOs, rumors of orgiastic rites, intimations of Mayan apocalypse, and “psycho-temporal distortions” add that extra zing to the bustling night life. A comedy of bad manners, darting wisecracks, deadpan chagrin, and drug-hazed pratfalls which bops along to its own distinctive beat, The Bend of the World in its biting, microcosmic portrait of our wackadoo republic makes me proud and ashamed to be an American but most of all happy to be a reader of Jacob Bacharach’s--damn, is he sharp.”

Quote: James Wolcott, author

“Ever wonder what would happen if THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH were mugged in a dark alley by a cocaine-addicted Sasquatch? Well, wonder no more. Just buy this book and enjoy."

Quote: Gary Shteyngart, author

Bacharach is a keen observer adept at making the mundane feel remarkable. -- Douglas Lord, Library Journal

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Review: Library Journal

The understated, conversational tone and deadpan humor in Bacharach’s first novel make this an immensely entertaining read with a Vonnegut-like sensibility.” – Lauren Gilbert, Library Journal

reviews.libraryjournal.com/2014/03/books/fiction/spring-best-debuts/

Review: Library Journal

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