Author(s): Donald Antrim
In the seaside community of Donald Antrim's Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World, the citizens are restless. The mayor has fired stinger missiles into the Botanical Garden reflecting pool, and his public execution was a messy affair. As these hawkish suburbanites fortify their houses with deadly moats and land mines, a former third-grade teacher named Pete Robinson steps forward with a tenuous bid to replace the mayor. But can anyone satisfy the terrible will of the people? By turns funny and phantasmagorical, fiercely intelligent and imaginative, Donald Antrim's first novel of suburban civics turned macabre is a new American classic.
"Entertaining and mischievously imagined . . . Antrim is a wonderful, truly original comic writer." --"San Francisco Chronicle""A slice of sulfurous whimsy... You are draw in because of the depth of human feeling that Antrim smuggles in... almost below the radar level." --"The New York Times ""The author's surreal vision is both imaginative and wholly his own . . . A striking literary discovery." --"The Boston Globe"
Donald Antrim is the author of the novels Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and The Hundred Borthers (both published by Granta), The Verificationist and the memoir, The Afterlife. The New Yorker named him as among the twenty best writers under the age of forty. Antrim has received grants and awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. Antrim teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn.