A long overdue retelling of New Grub Street—George Gissing’s classic satire of the Victorian literary marketplace—Grub chronicles the triumphs and humiliations of a group of young novelists living in and
around New York City.
Eddie Renfros, on the brink of failure after his critically acclaimed first book, wants only to publish another novel and hang on to his beautiful wife, Amanda, who has her own literary ambitions and a bit of a roving eye. Among their circle are writers of every stripe—from the Machiavellian Jackson Miller to the ‘experimental writer’ Henry who lives in squalor while seeking the perfect sentence. Amid an assortment of scheming agents, editors, and hangers-on, each writer must negotiate the often competing demands of success and integrity, all while grappling with inner demons and the stabs of professional and personal jealousy. The question that nags at them is this: What is it to write a novel in the twenty-first century?
Pointedly funny and compassionate, Grub reveals what the publishing industry does to writers—and what writers do to themselves for the sake of art and
to each other in the pursuit of celebrity.
About the Author
Elise Blackwell is the author of The Unnatural History of Cypress
Parish and Hunger, chosen by the Los
Angeles Times as one of the best books
of 2003. Her stories have appeared
in Witness, Seed, Global City Review,
Topic, and elsewhere. Originally from
southern Louisiana, she teaches at the
University of South Carolina.
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The Critics Praise:
“In this deliciously mordant send-up of the publishing
world, Elise Blackwell conjures up a universe
filled with talentless novelists, reptilian publishers,
unprincipled agents and brain-dead critics. Thank
God this is only a fantasy. Thank God any similarity
to real life is entirely fortuitous.”
- Joe Queenan