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New York Times bestselling author Howard Jacobson cemented his sterling literary reputation by winning the prestigious Man Booker Prize. In Zoo Time, Jacobson delivers the shrewdly observed and highly comedic story of one man, two women, and an interesting (to say the least) marital dynamic.

Novelist Guy Ableman is in thrall to his vivacious wife Vanessa, a strikingly beautiful red-head, contrary, highly strung, and blazingly angry. The trouble is, he is no less in thrall to her alluring mother, Poppy. More like sisters than mother and daughter, they come as a pair, a blistering presence that destroys Guy’s peace of mind, suggesting the wildest stories but making it impossible for him to concentrate long enough to write any of them. Not that anyone reads Guy anyway. Not that anyone is reading anything. Reading, Guy fears, is finished. His publisher, fearing the same, has committed suicide. His agent, like all agents, is in hiding. Vanessa, in the meantime, is writing a novel of her own. Guy doesn’t expect her to finish it, or even start it, but he dreads the consequences if she does. In flight from personal disappointment and universal despair, Guy wonders if it’s time to take his love for Poppy to another level. Fiction might be dead, but desire isn’t. And out of that desire he imagines squeezing one more great book.

By turns angry, elegiac, and rude, Zoo Time is a novel about love—love of women, love of literature, love of laughter. It shows our funniest writer at his brilliant best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliantly composed…Crackling with Jacobson’s wit, superb wordplay, and boundless exuberance.”

    Times Literary Supplement
  • “Carries all the intimations of angst, melancholia, and comedy that make Jacobson unique.”

    Daily Telegraph(London)
  • “When he’s at full throttle like this, few British novelists can touch him for such stirring, belligerent comedy.”

    Daily Mail (London)
  • “An extended howl over the terminal state of literature and a scabrously funny portrayal of a writer in torment…Here’s a reminder that a novel can offer a thorough insight into the workings of another’s human mind, however different it may be from our own”

  • “Bad-boy funnyman Jacobson waxes pensive and topical—but no less mirthful—in his latest assault on the foibles of modern life…Jacobson will enjoy bestsellerdom in his place with this latest romp.”

    Kirkus Reviews
  • A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book of 2012
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, October 2012
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About the Author
Author Howard Jacobson

Howard Jacobson, PhD, is an online marketing consultant, health educator, and ecological gardener from Durham, North Carolina. He earned Masters of Public Health and Doctor of Health Studies degrees from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton. Howard cofounded VitruvianWay.com, an online marketing agency, and is a coauthor of Google AdWords for Dummies. When Howard is not chasing groundhogs away from blueberry bushes or wrestling with Google, he relaxes by playing Ultimate Frisbee and campfire songs from the 1960s. His current life goal is to turn the world into a giant food forest.

About the Narrator

Simon Schatzberger, born in Nottingham, England, became an actor and has held many guest and starring roles on British television series.