This wild-eyed family saga spans centuries and continents, beginning in the 18th century in the Kingdom of Hungary and ending more than two centuries later in a futuristic L.A. Ultimately, Animal Magnet probes the notion of human-ness, human identity, and humanity.
A retelling of the Jacques the Anabaptist episode, from Voltaire's classic satire, Candide, Best of All Possible Worlds follows Jakob and Robrecht Onderdonk, two brothers living antithetical lives. Jakob, after abandoning life as a sailor, is on a quest to live a more edifying life on land, while Robrecht is determined to fully embrace a sinful life at sea. Like Candide, Best of All Possible Worlds explores, with a comic air of irreverence and a witty dose of the absurd, the universal problem of evil in a world created by a perfect God.
The draw of Animal Magnet is its outlandish characters and its narrative structure. Essentially, the book is a series of short stories threaded together by the family connection. Each one has a different structure and a different voice. Anderson wields a letter, play, manuscript, newspaper article, as well as the traditional story format, to tell of each character's wild experience. And wild they are. Each section plumbs the depths of man's animal nature . . .
-Manhattan Book Review
Anderson is an adroit novelist with perhaps one of the most acute and unique senses of humor I've seen in print.
...raucous and terribly inventive... Is it Barth or Pynchon?
- David B. Lentz, author of Bloomsday
Reminiscent of John Barth’s Sotweed Factor – and equally accomplished, Gary Anderson’s Best of All Possible Worlds is a sustained comic delight. Masterful, outrageous, teeming with exotic incidents and characters, Anderson’s novel is a richly inventive elaboration of a small detail in Voltaire’s Candide.
Terry Bazes, author of Lizard World
Gary Anderson lives in central New Jersey with his wife and three kids. Animal Magnet is his first novel.
From the popular website of the same name comes Jackass Letters, a collection of correspondence with corporations, celebrities, and politicians that consistently pushes the boundaries of good taste and polite decorum, often with hilarious results. Now, these irreverent gems are available to fans and new readers alike. Real people, real letters, real jackass.
Christopher L. Jorgensen has been on the Earth for over 40 years. It is unknown how many years he’s spent on other planets as a Space Marine.
During his deformative years Christopher was exposed to too much SCTV, constant late night HBO showings of “Excalibur” and “Altered States,” and countless live matches of Jai alai (it’s big in Iowa).
In his ample spare time he likes to create recipes for puppy and to pursue new hobbies. He owns more domain names than you can shake a stick at!
His girlfriend/editor/typist would prefer you not encourage him (that’s her job).
In a time when we need real heroes more than ever, Christopher L. Jorgensen arrives to save us all. And I don't care if he masturbates in his kitchen or not—this is not a time to be picky.
- Dave Hill, author of Tasteful Nudes
Jorgensen is the master of yanking corporate American’s chain.
- Joel Postman, author of SocialCorp
In these uncertain times, we need writers like Christopher L. Jorgensen, who aren't afraid to poke the seemingly un-pokeable with an endless arsenal of originality and wit, and discover humanity in the unlikeliest of places.
- Christian Dumais, author of Smashed: The Life and Tweets of Drunk Hulk
Like the letters your crazy great uncle would write, except twice as coherent, three times as funny, and for the most part legal. The greatest use of the US Postal Service since the SASE!
- Conor Lastowka, author of [Citation Needed]
Suckle is a muti-layered literary novel that grapples with diverse themes, both familiar and not-so-familiar: relationships, healing, modern-day miracles, and man-milk, to name a few. At the heart of Suckle is the story of security guard Benny Salmon (a kind of Forrest Gump with man-boobs), as written in his own words. Benny tells of his involvement with Rosie, a prostitute who rather inexplicably causes him to lactate, and a half-blind albino reverend, who, learning of Benny’s gift and its blessed appli-cations, invites the security guard to join his traveling revival show, healing the sick and afflicted with his man-milk. Despite his meteoric rise to fame as a healer, things go very wrong for Benny, and in the end, he reluctantly returns to his mundane job and life, only to write his tale of woe at the behest of New York publisher John Fairfax.
Benjamin Salmon teaches high school English in Arkansas. In his spare time he builds wooden stools. He does not collect model trains.
An outlandish exploration of the ways loneliness, love, and loss manifest themselves in a seemingly ordinary man . . . is both funny and heartbreaking.