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Side Effects

Harvey Jacobs

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Vonnegut + Catch-22!In the last hours of his hectic life, Simon Apple faces up to the hard truth that his very survival represents a prescription for disaster, not only for the pharmaceutical industry but for the nation itself!How Simon isMoreVonnegut + Catch-22!In the last hours of his hectic life, Simon Apple faces up to the hard truth that his very survival represents a prescription for disaster, not only for the pharmaceutical industry but for the nation itself!How Simon is transformed from an innocent, loving child in a small midwestern city into Public Enemy Number One by a series of dizzying Side Effects makes for an unforgettable medical misadventure in an age when a new miracle drug, promising paradise, comes along every day — just in time for the Evening News. Side Effects is a rollicking read, the story of a hapless hero caught in an existential whirl where theres a pill for every problem, give or take some unexpected consequences.With a cover by Gahan Wilson.About Harvey JacobsHarvey Jacobs is the award-winning author of American Goliath (An inspired novel—TIME Magazine). His short fiction has appeared in a wide spectrum of magazines in the USA and abroad including Esquire, The Paris Review, Playboy, Fantasy & Science Fiction, New Worlds, and many anthologies. In addition to the novels and short stories, he has written widely for television, the Earplay Project for radio drama, and helped create and name the Obie Awards for the Village Voice. He was publisher of the counterculture newspaper, East. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a New York Arts Council CAPS award for drama, a Playboy Fiction Award, and a Writers Guild of America script award.PRAISE FOR SIDE EFFECTSThe culture of pharmaceutical overkill is the subject--and target--of this high-energy fifth novel from the little-known comic surrealist whose best books (American Goliath, 1998, etc.) rival the late 20th-century antic fiction of Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller and Stanley Elkin. ... A great comic novel and a huge leap forward for one of Americas most underrated and accomplished writers.— Kirkus ReviewREVIEWS OF THE AUTHORS PREVIOUS BOOKSA cheerful celebration of a big American myth... An inspired novel.TIME MagazineBells clanging, lights aflash, the plots ball bangs and rebounds. . . . A wonderful and wonderfully funny book.—James SallisLA TimesHis characters are haunting. . . . I have rarely enjoyed finding a writer as much as I have enjoyed my own discovery of Jacobs.—Robert CromieChicago TribuneHe manages to satirize our all-too-human foibles and failures without becoming too blackly unforgiving.—Thomas M. DischWashington PostQuietly amused, wry approach that gives distinction to Mr. Jacobs work . . . his dry humor would be hard to improve on.—Elizabeth EastonThe Saturday ReviewA wonderfully engrossing read. . . . I recommend it to everyone who has given up of ever again being entertained at such a high level of aspiration.—Michael MoorcockA bawdy, joyous romp . . . its a wonderful book.—Jack DannLook upon the amazing world of Harvey Jacobs! Come one, come all, for an experience never to be forgotten!—Fred ChappellLike Doctorows Ragtime and George R. R. Martins Fevre Dream, its totally realized.—Howard WaldropA great book should aspire (and succeed) in making you laugh, making you cry and just maybe, making you think. . . . Harveys novels will do all that.—John Pelan