Published under the aegis of acclaimed author Dennis Cooper (Try), Victims is an infuriating exercise in plot-light avant-garde lit that somehow manages to occasionally move you with its broken, tragicomic characters. Tanya is a suburban teen wastrel who gets pregnant and then sucked into a demented doomsday cult, seeding a lost, sordid future for her son, Herbert. Jeppesen structures his slender narrative as a bold mosaic of POV-switching fragments, told in language either raw or florid. But just when his tale gains emotional traction, the rookie novelist grinds the gears recklessly with po-mo cliches and loony secondary characters – like an uncompromising would-be author writing a book about ”victimology.” (Hmmm.) There’s a chilling denouement, but Victims is so mistreated by its own risk taking, you might not feel it.
Victims Published under the aegis of acclaimed author Dennis Cooper (Try), Victims is an infuriating exercise in plot-light avant-garde lit that somehow...VictimsFictionTravis Jeppesen Published under the aegis of acclaimed author Dennis Cooper (Try), Victims is an infuriating exercise in plot-light avant-garde lit that somehow...2003-06-20Akashic
Genre: Fiction; Author: Travis Jeppesen; Publisher: Akashic
Posted June 20 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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