By Rafi Zabor
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: "A hilarious, richly imagined bear's eye view of affection, song, alienation, manhood and humanity . . . that recollects Pynchon at his so much controlled."—Publishers Weekly
As Rafi Zabor's PEN-Faulkner Award-winning novel opens, the undergo shuffles and jigs with a sequence via his nostril, rolling within the gutter, letting his accomplice combat him to the floor for the crowd's entertainment. yet as quickly turns into transparent, this can be no usual dancing undergo. "I suggest, dance is okay, even road dance. It's the poetry of the physique, flesh intending to grace or inviting the spirit in to visit," he muses, yet prior to all else, the Bear's middle belongs to jazz. this can be, actually, one alto-sax-playing, Shakespeare-allusion-dropping, mystically susceptible undergo, and he's eventually uninterested with passing the hat. One evening he sneaks out to a jazz membership and joins a jam consultation. at the energy of the subsequent day's write-up within the Village Voice, the undergo starts to mess around city and hobnob with a few of jazz's real-life greats. A reside album, a police raid, a jailbreak, a cross-country journey, and no small volume of popularity later, endure reveals himself in love with a human woman--and staring down the best improbability of all.
Admittedly, a unique a few speaking, sax-blowing undergo would possibly not at the beginning look everyone's cup of tea, yet Zabor's endure isn't any cuddly anthropomorph: "I could be donning a hat and a raincoat, suggestion the endure, yet no one's gonna mistake me for Paddington." He lives, he suffers, he loves--in truth, the affection scenes come as anything of a surprise, and never only for the standard interspecies purposes. Who knew that the outline of a bear's reproductive mechanisms should be so delicate or so unabashedly erotic? so much of all, although, The endure Comes Home conjures up the area of improvisational jazz with consummate ability; Zabor, an established jazz journalist and drummer, writes approximately song with a keenness and proposal seldom chanced on at the published web page. A wistful myth approximately an artist's coming of age, a brilliantly satiric send-up of the tune enterprise and jazz feedback, The endure Comes Home is a debut very like that of the undergo himself: transcendent, unforeseen, wise.