Posthumous books almost always feel half-formed, coincidental, unpublished for a reason….The Solitary Twin, however, may well be the last great surprise Mathews pulled out of his deep bag of tricks. It is funny, perplexing, consistent and unusual, with all the characteristic Mathews obsessions. It may also be one of the best places to start enjoying his work.

The New York Times Book Review

Harry Mathews’s last novel is his most accessible— and perhaps his best

The Solitary Twin

Fiction by Harry Mathews

With a contribution by John Ashbery

Harry Mathews’s brilliant final work, The Solitary Twin, is an engaging mystery that simultaneously considers the art of storytelling. When identical twins arrive at an unnamed fishing port, they become the focus of the residents’ attention and gossip. The stories they tell about the young men uncover a dizzying web of connections, revealing passion, sex, and murder. Fates are surprisingly intertwined, and the result is a moving, often hilarious, novel that questions our assumptions about life and literature.

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Paperback (published March 27, 2018)

ISBN
9780811227544
Price US
15.95
Price CN
21.95
Trim Size
5 x 8
Page Count
160

Ebook (published March 27, 2018)

ISBN
9780811227551

Posthumous books almost always feel half-formed, coincidental, unpublished for a reason….The Solitary Twin, however, may well be the last great surprise Mathews pulled out of his deep bag of tricks. It is funny, perplexing, consistent and unusual, with all the characteristic Mathews obsessions. It may also be one of the best places to start enjoying his work.

The New York Times Book Review

The Solitary Twin is the perfect endnote for Harry Mathews and a superb point of entry for new readers, encapsulating his lifelong commitment to formal invention while simply being an excellent novel in its own right.

—J.W. McCormack, BOMB

A fascinating, discursive swan song that celebrates the power of stories.

—Tyler Malone LA Times

As the novel circles closer to the grand reveal promised by its title, Mathews toys with the reader’s ‘desire to resolve the irresolute, to conclude the incomplete, to have the crooked made straight.’ The result is an undeniably clever parting shot from one of contemporary literature’s most playfully challenging writers.

—*Publishers Weekly