Eric Lundgren grew up in Minneapolis. He studied at Lewis & Clark College and earned his MFA at Washington University, where he was awarded a third-year fellowship. The Facades is first novel. He works at a public library in St. Louis, where he lives with his wife, Eleanor, and their two cats.
A 2013 BEA Buzz Selection and a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, The Facades is one of the most remarkable and talked-about debut novels in recent memory. Set in the once-great Midwestern city of Trudea treacherous maze of convoluted shopping malls, barricaded libraries, and elitist assisted-living homesLundgren’s novel follows a disconsolate legal clerk named Sven Norberg, who sets out to investigate his wife’s disappearance. Written with boundless intelligence and razor-sharp wit, The Facades is a comic and existential mystery that unfolds at the urgent pace of a thriller.
The Facades has been met with rapturous reviews upon its publication, and will be read and discussed for many years to come.
“[A] fascinating, complex debut novel . . . Ratcheted onto the spine of an un-put-downable mystery and brimming with entertaining dialogue and unique, well-wrought characters, this is one of those rare books that corners every mood, every emotion, and throws them into the spotlight. Lundgren’s debut is a fierce, funny examination of loss, set against one of the most creative worlds in recent memory, and it’s not to be missed.” —Publishers Weekly
“Forget the diminutive label of debut; Lundgren writes like a veteran in his prime, and The Facades is simply one of the best novels I’ve read in years, period.” —Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
“Eric Lundgren was written exactly the king of book I hope to stumble upon, to be seized by, to be astonished by, to marvel at.” —Arthur Phillips, author of The Tragedy of Arthur and Prague