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The Epiphany machine, David Burr Gerrard

Label
The Epiphany machine
Title
The Epiphany machine
Statement of responsibility
David Burr Gerrard
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Everyone else knows the truth about you, now you can know it, too. That's the slogan. The product: a junky contraption that tattoos personalized revelations on its users' forearms. It's an old con, playing on the fear that we are obvious to everybody except ourselves. This particular one's been circulating New York since the 1960s. The ad works. And, oddly enough, so might the device ... A small stream of city dwellers buy into this cult of the epiphany machine, including Venter Lowood's parents. This stigma follows them when they move upstate, where Venter can't avoid the whispers of teachers and neighbors any more than he can ignore the machine's accurate predictions: his mother's abandonment and his father's disinterest. So when Venter's grandmother finally asks him to confront the epiphany machine and inoculate himself against his family's mistakes, he's only too happy to oblige. Like his parents before him, Venter is quick to fall under the spell of the device's sweat-stained, profane, and surprisingly charming operator, Adam Lyons. But unlike them, Venter gets close enough to Adam to learn a dark secret. There's an undeniable pattern between specific epiphanies and violent crimes. And Adam won't jeopardize the privacy of his customers by alerting the police. It may be a hoax, but that doesn't mean what Adam is selling isn't also spot-on. And in this sprawling, snarling tragicomedy about accountability in contemporary America, the greater danger is that Adam Lyon's apparatus may just be right about us all"--
Summary
The author of Short Century reimagines an alternate-history New York from the 1960s to the near future marked by a salon host's innovation of an "epiphany machine" that places text tattoos on its users' forearms that make revelatory statements of fortune and consequence
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Loan Stars Favourites, 2017
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10570601
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Gerrard, David Burr
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3607.E7745
LC item number
E65 2017
Literary form
fiction
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  • FICTION / Alternative History
  • FICTION / Science Fiction / General
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  • FICTION / Alternative History
  • FICTION / Science Fiction / General
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Target audience
adult
Label
The Epiphany machine, David Burr Gerrard
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
418 pages
Isbn
9780399575433
Lccn
2016037060
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)961213811
Label
The Epiphany machine, David Burr Gerrard
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
418 pages
Isbn
9780399575433
Lccn
2016037060
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)961213811

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