God's Fool

A Novel

Mark Slouka (Author)


If you can read [God’s Fool] without being astonished and touched, then you’d better check to see if your heart is made of stone…simply brilliant. A book of the year.

Born attached at the chest, Chang and Eng were considered a marvel, an act of God. By any standard, theirs is a history of epic variety and drama. Mark Slouka recounts their tumultuous story, from the docks of Vietnam to American fame, with intimacy and compassion.

A Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Dallas Morning News Best Book of the Year.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35264-1
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Exceptionally beautiful…the power of language and of reflection on the nature of connection is…essential, and compelling.” — Washington Post Book World

“Slouka writes with the bare-bones ferocity of Jerzy Kosinski and the visual intensity of John Updike.” — Boston Herald

“Few books in recent memory have offered as much in terms of fully-formed characters, and fewer authors share Slouka's gift to render the extraordinary in ordinary terms without sacrificing its potency.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“A poetic rumination on love and family…We are constantly moved to tears by Slouka's spare and heart-breaking novel.” — Anniston Star

“Exceptional…fascinating…powerful.” — Library Journal

“A gifted stylist.” — Publishers Weekly

“With this sprawling, beautiful novel that touches on everything from slavery to the shadows of unremembered memory, Chang and Eng have inspired another winner.” — Booklist

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