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Charlie Smith

Three Delays

Charlie Smith Three Delays
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Billy Brent and Alice Stephens are star-crossed like all great lovers. Their need for each other drives them from Istanbul to Miami, Venice to Mexico. After years of encounters and escapes, they lose themselves deep in a desert wilderness, searching for a way forward, only to learn that sometimes the trail simply forks.

From Charlie Smith, author of three New York Times Notable Books, comes his long-awaited new novel, his first in more than a decade. An exploration of the true particulars of obsession, Three Delays is a book of the spirit, of how broken people love and persist from darkness to darkness.

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Three Delays is so stunningly composed, so wildly, implausibly, excessively written, that it makes the entire shelf of novels from the last generation superfluous....one of the very best prose writers in contemporary letters.”

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“Ecstatic and extravagant….Not since poor F. Scott Fitzgerald drew his indelible portraits of the even more troubled Zelda has American fiction been blessed - or maybe cursed - by lovers who are simultaneously so right and so wrong for each other….a reading pleasure as heady as they come.”

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“Hallucinatory … a cataract of gorgeous sentences, a paean to a lurid, lavish, buzzing and heart-pulping world. … And its absolute apartness - in its gasping energy, in the ravishing excess of Charlie Smith’s prose - is something to be celebrated.”

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“In his sixth novel, his startling, rhapsodic descriptions are mind-blowing, as are his feral, weirdly smart, self-destructive characters, their lashing dialogue, and their insane, heartbreaking predicaments. This isn’t Smith’s first tale of toxic and nihilistic obsession, but it is his most ravishing, painfully funny, and wildly mythic.”

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“Like Under the Volcano, fueled by every drug in the world instead of mezcal, Charlie Smith’s first novel in fourteen years tracks a pair of twisted lovers across hot and sweaty locales.”

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“The book soars and scuffles according to the logic of its language rather than plot; it’s a quietly masterful work by Charlie Smith, an award-winning poet and novelist.”

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“Mind-blowing… This isn’t Smith’s first tale of toxic and nihilistic obsession, but it is his most ravishing, painfully funny, and wildly mythic.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Smith is not only a spectacular stylist but also a visionary.” —Washington Post Book World

From Charlie Smith (Cheap Ticket to Heaven, Chimney Rock, Shine Hawk), author of three New York Times Notable Books and a literary stylist whose “writing can make the mountains ring" (New York Times Book Review), comes his first novel in more than a decade, Three Delays, which follows the troubled lives of two lovers as they combat their passions and each other. In the words of James Dickey, "Writers after Charlie Smith will have to take him into account, but I doubt if any will equal or surpass him."


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