Man in the Empty Suit

Paperback $15.00

Soho Press | Oct 15, 2013 | 320 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | ISBN 9781616953010

  • Paperback$15.00

    Soho Press | Oct 15, 2013 | 320 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 | ISBN 9781616953010

  • Hardcover$24.95

    Soho Press | Feb 05, 2013 | 320 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9781616951252

  • Ebook$15.00

    Soho Press | Feb 05, 2013 | 320 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9781616951269

Praise


Praise for Man in the Empty Suit


“Ferrell’s humor and invention will draw you in, and the real emotion in his writing will keep you reading. A clever premise that deepens into a surprising and moving story about fate, identity, and how we shape our own lives and the lives of those around us.”
—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

“A tour de force. Ferrell’s skill in plotting is matched only by his ability to bring fully-formed characters to life. A moving and brilliantly-executed puzzle of a novel.”
—Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet

“Ferrell makes a strong case to be the Kurt Vonnegut of his generation. Man in the Empty Suit is alternately funny, sad, and thought-provoking…. I wish I could travel back in time and write this book myself.”
Andrew Shaffer, bestselling author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

“Man in the Empty Suit is a marvel: a complicated, soul searching, entirely riveting piece of work.”
Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie

“An arresting setup—the same character is simultaneously the murder victim, suspect, and investigator—and Ferrell exploits it carefully… [presenting] the reader with some ugly truths about life and owning up to who we really are. Ferrell himself has jokingly called it the time-travel book of 3102, but I wouldn’t suggest waiting that long.”
The Atlantic

“[Man in the Empty Suit has] an ingenious setup….Both Looper and Man In The Empty Suit track the trajectory of a pained, lonely man who learns what it means to sacrifice for the sake of another’s well-being.”
The A.V. Club

“Ferrell’s novel satisfies as both a tale of a four-dimensional conspiracy and as a stark meditation on solitude.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“An exceptional read for any sci-fi fan who enjoys a challenge.”
—The Maine Edge

“Ferrell (Numb) has written a brain-teasing, paradox-defying, time travel mystery in the tradition of such pretzel-bending-logic classics as Fritz Leiber’s The Big Time and Robert A. Heinlein’s ‘By His Bootstraps.’”
Publishers Weekly

“Engaging and thought-provoking…It will also appeal to readers of Stephen King’s 11/22/63.”
—Library Journal

“Full of imagination and head-scratching conundrums… It should definitely appeal to those who enjoy offbeat sf and mystery fiction.”
—Booklist

Man in the Empty Suit has a clever enough premise that it could be straight out of a Philip K. Dick or Kurt Vonnegut novel.”
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Out of this intriguing premise Sean Ferrell proceeds to spin a dark hybrid of Paul Auster and the film Memento, complete with a mysterious love interest… Best of all, however, is the evocation of mid-21st century New York as a melancholy, dilapidated place high in entropy, cluttered with ruined buildings, and weirdly infested with parrots.”
—The Toronto Star

Man in the Empty Suit is a rich, complex novel…. a slightly sinister, brooding tale of death and lost love.”
Verbicide

“A most unusual murder mystery.”
—Mysterious Reviews

“Enter a mysterious woman with parrot tattoos, a post-apocalyptic Manhattan, Vonnegut-sharp humor and Hemingway-spare prose, and you’ve got some seriously good sci-fi. VERDICT: Buy, you fools!”
Book Riot

“A cerebral, noirish, and very unusual novel … a challenge for me to put down. This one made me think about it long after I was finished.”
My Bookish Ways

“This is trippy book; a great read… Ferrell spins a web of lies, deceit, and self-loathing, sprinkles it with intelligent humor and wit, a dash of love and loss, and presents it to the reader on a silver platter.”
—The Examiner

“[Man in the Empty Suit] is tickling the Dr. Who parts of my brain, but in a really dark kind of way…. As you can imagine, this has one hell of an opening line: It is unfortunate for me that I am, by most any objective measure, a genius. Quite the set up for an interesting story.”
—A Home Between Pages

Praise for Sean Ferrell’s Numb


“Ferrell’s eye-catching debut is a mordant take on contemporary culture.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Offbeat…. The book has a lot of heart.”
Publishers Weekly

“A masterwork of transgressive fiction.”
David Brown, writer for The Week, The Atlantic, and Mental Floss



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