COUP DE FOUDRE by Ken Kalfus is out in paperback
“Spectacular . . . Presents a moving exploration of the ambiguous nature of reality, storytelling, and the passage of time.” – New York Times Book Review
“[Coup de Foudre] showcases a dazzling versatility of style and imagination . . . devotees and newcomers alike will be richly rewarded by the author’s impressive display here of rhetorical inventiveness and ingenious ideas.” – Booklist
“A playful and poignant collection of fiction that masterfully toes the line between comic and tragic.” – Shelf Awareness
The explosive collection by the celebrated author of Thirst and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, Coup de Foudre is the kind of groundbreaking work of literary invention Ken Kalfus’s fans have come to expect. The book is anchored by the full text of the provocatively topical title novella that appeared in Harper’s, a sometimes farcical, ultimately tragic story about the president of an international lending institution accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper in a New York hotel. Recalling recent news events with irony and compassion, Kalfus skewers international political gridlock and the hypocrisies of acceptable sexual conduct.
Varying boldly in theme, setting, and tone, the stories in Coup de Foudre share Kalfus’s distinctive humor and intellect, inextricably bound with high literary ambition.