There, Ricky is inducted into a band of paranormal investigators comprised of former addicts and petty criminals, all of whom have at some point in their wasted lives heard the Voice: a murmur on the wind, a disembodied shout, a whisper in an empty room. All these may or may not have been messages from God. Their mission is to find the Voice -- and figure out what it wants.
Big Machine takes us from Ricky's childhood in a matrilineal cult housed in a New York City tenement to his near-death experience in the basement of an Iowa house owned by a man named Murder. And to his final confrontation with an army of true believers -- and with his own past.
Infused with the wonder of a disquieting dream and laced with Victor LaValle's fiendish comic sensibility, Big Machine is a mind-rattling mystery about doubt, faith, and the monsters we carry within us.
Big Machine named:
American Book Award 2010
Shirley Jackson Award 2009 - Winner - Best Novel
10 Best Books of 2009 -- Publisher's Weekly
Favorite Fiction of 2009 -- Chicago Tribune
Best Science Fiction of 2009 -- Los Angeles Times
Best Science Fiction & Fantasy -- Washington Post
Most Valuable Fiction Book of 2009 -- The Nation
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence 2010 Winner
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- No Exit Press
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Victor LaValle (Author)
Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus and two novels, The Ecstatic and Slapboxing with Jesus. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford ...