The Epiphany Machine

The Epiphany Machine

Book - 2017
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'Everyone else knows the truth about you, now you can know it, too.' That's the promise of Adam Lyon's epiphany machine, or at least the headline of an original promotional flyer he uses in the 1960s. At that point, Adam is already hosting regular salon nights in his tiny New York City apartment, where his guests can offer up their forearms to his junky old contraption and receive important, personal revelations in the form of a tattoo.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399575433
Branch Call Number: FIC Gerra
Characteristics: 418 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 28, 2017

No epiphany sparked, besides Merdula's identity and writing - only a nice surprise.
The construction is clever and original, but tag everything with a tattoo "sewing" machine, the effect is not above dark humor and convoluted mystery.
The tragicomedies of diverse (most fictional) characters interweave in a way so highly imaginative that is still quite appealing. Narration is stretched to a long historical span, from pre-World War to post-911, present series of diorama (esp. in New York), though relevant, felt a bit disconnected. When a black slave invented the machine, it was too far-fetched.

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