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Plastic by Scott Guild
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Feb 13, 2024 | ISBN 9780593316764

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“A world constructed from strange and wondrous materials. A world that is deeply strange and deeply familiar, with language to matchfunny, broken, sad, and beautiful. Evocative and highly original, Plastic is a captivating debut.”
—Charles Yu, National Book Award–winning author of Interior Chinatown

“An immensely fun, engaging novel. . . . Plastic put me in mind of James Morrow or T.C. Boyle, and . . . its gonzo critique of capitalism reminded me of nothing so much as Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. . . . Where Plastic shines is in how it remains focused on humanity—no matter how superficial or hollow circumstances make us—and in its sheer inventive sense of play, even with such stakes.”
Jake Casella Brookins, Chicago Review of Books

“A dark and entertaining saga.”
Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times

“I don’t know how to describe Scott Guild’s Plastic, a stunningly brilliant novel, other than to say it is profound, hilarious, wrenching, bizarre, about an imaginary universe with incalculable complexities that is also somehow our own broken world. It’s one of those books that will follow you around, into your dreams and your daily life. You have never read anything like it. Scott Guild is an endlessly inventive and deeply exciting writer, morbid and funny and strange and humane.”
—Elizabeth McCracken, author of The Hero of This Book

“Intricately familiar, disturbingly surreal, and playfully interesting. Coming off the summer of Barbie, you might recognize Plastic’s protagonist, Erin. . . . Wonderfully inventive . . . Plastic is a major treat.”
—Sam Franzini,
Our Culture Mag

“Equal parts funny and poignant, this debut is a deft examination of America and our collective humanity. Clever and wildly imaginative, Plastic has heartfelt heft.”
—Parini Shroff, author of The Bandit Queens

Plastic is one of the most strangely tender and tenderly strange books I’ve ever read. Scott Guild’s language is transportive, and his attention to the characters peopling his unique world is deeply moving. This book is the real deal: fresh, utterly its own, full of both humor and pathos, and so utterly human (plastic skin aside).”
—Ilana Masad, author of All My Mother’s Lovers

“In Plastic, the collision of figurines and the apocalypse is timely, coming as it does on the heels of Barbenheimer. It’s a weird, sometimes puzzling and complicated book, to be sure, but an affecting one with way more depth and humanity than its title would let on.”
—Maren Longbella,
Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[Plastic] teeters on a tightrope between comedy and incisive commentary. . . . A compelling narrative about a young woman dealing with trauma. . . . Plastic is a book that will stay on my mind.”
Tara Campbell, Washington Independent Review of Books

“Scott Guild . . . has created a literary and sonic universe where his characters have sprung to life, leaping off the page.”
Michael Lello, Highway 81 Revisited

“Few writers are more brilliant, captivating, and hilarious than Scott Guild. He is a visionary—and what he envisions is terrifying, yes, but also full of love, hope, and radiance. Plastic, with its large-hearted characters and riveting storytelling, will certainly turn out to be one of the best novels of the year.”
—Deb Olin Unferth, author of Barn 8

Plastic is a marvel, gimlet-eyed and utterly charming all at once. It’s one of those rare novels that has both big ideas and a big heart. I’m tantalized by its sci-fi grooviness but also moved by the dolls’ interiority, their assessment of their own humanity.”
—Timothy Schaffert, author of The Perfume Thief

“Delightfully weird.”
Alison Flood, New Scientist

“Guild’s novel is cinematic. With tones of Black Mirror’s ethical acuity and the quirkiness of Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. . . . There remains a tenderness that is at times whimsical in the figurines’ demonstration of how trauma, grief, and disability are still entrenched in the human need for connection.”
—Lillian Liao, Booklist

“Guild shines in his impressions of a speculative world. . . . It’s great fun watching Guild arrange the pieces of this inspired allegory.”
Publishers Weekly

“Guild works the parody and pathos well in this thoughtful entertainment, expertly managing to extract concern and sympathy for the plights of these plastic characters, as human as we are despite their occasionally squeaking leg hinges.”
Kirkus Reviews

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