Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross

The Sunday New York Times “By the Book” interviewed Pulitzer nominated Korean author Chang Rae Lee, who noted Adam Ross’s “Mr. Peanut” as the best book he has read:

“Mr. Peanut is a hybrid wonder, being at once a detective story, an arch gloss on that genre and a bravura romance, totally upended, that employs the possible murder of one’s wife as a means of revealing the manifold facets of truest, desperate love. All this is driven by the edgy sparkle of the prose, which acts not only as a mirror or lens but as an accelerant, lighting up every layer of his characters’ consciousnesses to a degree that feels almost dangerous.”

I remember reading Mr. Peanut – might be time to read it again…

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A complicated psychological thriller, and at the same time, a case study for marriage counselors, Adam Ross’s Mr. Peanut connects murder and three marriages through the lens of an Escher work of art – drawing you in many directions at once, with perception and understanding just out of reach.

The story begins with David Peppin wishing that his wife, Alice, were dead; at first, he imagines acts of god – struck by lightning, falling off a cliff – then, he imagines his own rage killing her.  Behind closed doors, their marriage is festering with pain.  Alice, a former teacher, has become morbidly obese – Ross eventually reveals the reason behind this; David hides in the labyrinth of creating new products for his successful video game company.  Escher’s art lines the walls of their home – inspiration for David’s games, and a Cassandra prediction for the marriage.

Wishes come true, and…

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