Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Meet Paddy O'Reilly and The Wonders

From the author of the “funny, irreverent, and highly entertaining” (Liane Moriarty, author of The Husband’s SecretFine Color of Rust comes a brilliant new novel about a misfit trio who become instant international reality stars, probing the nature of celebrity, disability, and the value of human life.

Perhaps every human being was a freak. Hadn’t he read somewhere that every person has at least a handful of damaged genes? That all humans embody a myriad of nature’s mistakes?

Meet Leon (stage name: Clockwork Man), a nervous, introverted thirty-year-old man with a brass heart; Kathryn (stage name: Lady Lamb), a brash, sexy woman covered almost entirely with black, tightly furled wool; and Christos (stage name: Seraphiel), a vain performance artist who plays a winged god with the help of ceramic implants inserted between his shoulder blades. 

These are The Wonders, three extraordinary people whose medical treatments have tested the limits of the human body. When they are brought together by a canny entrepreneur, their glamorous, genre-defying, twenty-first-century circus act becomes a global sensation. But what makes them objects of fascination also places them in danger.

With warmth, humor, and astonishing insight, Paddy O’Reilly has written a wonderful novel that will appeal to fans of Sara Gruen’s Ape House, Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, and Teddy Wayne’s The Love Song of Jonny Valentine—or anyone who’s ever questioned the nature of fame, our kinship with the animal kingdom, and the delicate balancing act of life and death.

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  1. Hi Elizabeth,

    I couldn't read this one I'm afraid! I hate the idea of a freak show being created at someone else's expense and to me it doesn't do much to enhance perceptions about disability, at least not in a good way!

    I totally agree with the excerpt you featured though, about all humans embodying a myriad of natures mistakes and therefore we are all freaks to some degree.

    Just reading the synopsis for this one gave me the creeps! The image of someone covered in tightly furled black wool, has me cringing. I'm someone who hates hair that falls out, especially in the bathroom ... it's a real phobia for me .. Trichophobia apparently!

    Thanks for sharing this new to me author and of course, I wish her every success with 'The Wonders'.


    1. It is a bit frightening, Yvonne.

      Thanks for stopping.