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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,110 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Foster Wallace Narrator: Joshua Swanson, Robert Petkoff Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Girl with Curious Hair is replete with David Foster Wallace’s remarkable, hilarious, and unsettling re-imaginations of reality. The New York Times Book Review calls Wallace “a dynamic writer of extraordinary talent.”

David Foster Wallace was one of the most prodigiously talented and original young writers in America, and Girl with Curious Hair displays the full range of his gifts. From the eerily “real,” almost holographic evocations of historical figures like Lyndon Johnson, as well as over-televised game-show hosts and late-night comedians, to the title story, where terminal punk nihilism meets Young Republicanism, Wallace renders the incredible comprehensible, the bizarre normal, the absurd hilarious, and the familiar strange.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wallace caused a critical stir with his first novel, The Broom of the System, and this volume of stories is likely to attract equal attention. His publisher talks about post -postmodernism, whatever that means, but there is a highly unusual eye and ear at work here, and an impressive armory of writerly skills.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Actors Robert Petkoff and Joshua Swanson bring to life the humor and joy in Wallace’s writing.” 

    Library Journal

  • “The complex, bizarre, cerebral, and massively ironic tales in this 1989 volume defy short summary. Let’s just say they justify the late author’s high regard among critics and academics. In this recording, the real achievement belongs to actors Joshua Swanson and Robert Petkoff…they merit applause for courage, commitment, and imagination.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/11/2014

    " Lost this so I couldn't finish it :( but I really enjoyed it! The first story, "Little Expressionless Animals," was probably my favorite. "John Billy" was some trippy ****, think No Country For Old Men on acid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda | 2/7/2014

    " How curious! I could not pay attention to this collection of short stories. I did read the story entitled LYNDON, a fictionalized account of LBJ, which I loved. But then, I loved LBJ. Otherwise, I find I am in the company of the folk David Foster Wallace wondered about when he posited the question, "Are readers sophisticated enough to read my books?" Well, no I am not. One reviewer has called Foster's BROOM OF THE SYSTEM an extravaganza. And that is how I would characterize the writing in this volume -- extravagant. It is as though there is something there for me, but I can't quite get at it. Curiouser and curiouser! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cait | 1/22/2014

    " I'm a little bit sad that I didn't like this more. I did really enjoy the first story, 'Little Expressionless Animals', but the rest were just ok. I should note that I did not read the last (and largest) story, 'Westward the Course of the Empire Takes Its Way', because I've read that I need to read John Barth's 'Lost in the Funhouse' first in order to fully get/appreciate it. I'll come back and finish this book after I've done so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James Schneider | 1/18/2014

    " Certainly uneven, but the highs are so deliriously high that my "head throbbed heartlike" and I just swoon. Of special note are the collection's bookend stories "Little Expressionless Animals" and "Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way", and also the magnificent "Lyndon". "

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