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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Leyner Narrator: Mark Leyner, Muriel Leyner, Peter Ganim, Tommy Harron Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The blazingly inventive, fictional autobiography of Mark Leyner, one of America’s “rare, true original voices.” (Gary Shteyngart)

Dizzyingly brilliant and raucously funny, Gone with the Mind is the story of Mark Leyner’s life, told as only Mark Leyner can.

In this utterly unconventional, autobiographical novel, Mark Leyner gives a reading in the food court of a mall. Besides Mark’s mother, who’s driven him to the mall and introduces him before he begins, and a few employees of fast food chain Panda Express who ask a handful of questions, the reading is completely without audience. The action of Gone with the Mind takes place exclusively at the food court, but the territory covered on these pages has no bounds.

Existential, self-aware, and very much concerned with the relationship between a complicated mother and an even more complicated son, Leyner’s story—with its bold, experimental structure—is a moving work of genius.

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  • “Dazzling, hilarious, heartfelt, and entirely mind-blowingly original, Mark Leyner’s fictional memoir Gone with the Mind confirms the author’s status as one of the most singular, wild-ass, and brilliantly fearless voices in American literature…There isn’t a convention Mark Leyner does not shatter, nor an aspect of twenty-first century culture…he does not reexamine and render fresh. Quite possibly the first literary work of genius, comic and otherwise, of the new millennium.”

    Jerry Stahl, Pushcart Prize–winning author

  • “Leyner writes with one eye on the critical wolves, tossing out proof of his considerable erudition and formal prowess and occasionally rendering a truly tender moment just to show you he knows how to do it. He demonstrates how much is still possible for the novel when tradition is left behind, proving that fiction can be robust, provocative, and staggeringly inventive, without for a moment forfeiting entertainment.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Leyner] is either a genius or a freak, and it may not matter which, because his books are compulsively readable, created by a literary mind that seems to have no precedent.”

    New York Times Book Review, praise for the author

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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