15 October 2010

Featuring . . . Numb by Sean Ferrell

This Friday and every Friday for the next several months I'll be featuring a book in the Harper Perennial Imprint. Some were recently published, some will be released later this year, all are worth a closer look.

Today we have something completely different. What would happen if you couldn't remember who were and you had lost your ability to feel pain? That's exactly what Sean Ferrell explores in his debut novel, Numb.

Here's the publisher's summary:

"Early one morning‚ after a sandstorm had ripped through north Texas‚ I wandered into Mr. Tilly's circus. I wore a black suit and blood ran down my face. When some of the carnies came up to me, I said, 'I'm numb.' This became my name."

A man with no memory who feels no pain, Numb travels to New York City after a short stint with the circus, following the one and only clue he holds to his hidden history: a brittle, bloodstained business card. But once there, word of his condition rapidly spreads—sparked by the attention he attracts by letting people nail his hands to wooden bars for money—and he quickly finds himself hounded on all sides by those who would use his unique ability in their own pursuits of fame and fortune. It is a strange world indeed that Numb numbly stumbles through, surrounded by crowds of suck-ups and opportunists, as he confronts life's most basic and difficult question: Who am I?
I was drawn to Numb for two principal reasons. First, of course, I wanted to know who Numb was and how he became numb. But I was also curious about Ferrell's take on fame and how the American media and public decide who becomes a celebrity and why.

I love what people have been saying about Numb:
  • All Purpose Monkey wrote in the Savannah Morning News: "Ferrell sure as hell has served up a book that makes you think about how we define ourselves. . . . And when an author has the chops to both entertain readers as well as make them think, that’s a beautiful thing."
  • Sarah at Blue Truck Book Reviews said: "The plot is perhaps a little light on the details . . . but the swift pace is somehow perfect. To slow down would be to feel perhaps a little too deeply how much everything hurts a person who feels no pain."
  • J.C. from Biblio Blogazine said: "Numb’s story is the story of us all. Searching for ourselves, understanding who we are, defining our place in life and amongst society is an ageless theme. Ferrell gives it a new face and twist in this intriguing story."
To learn more about Sean Ferrell, visit his website.

This book was featured as part of my Spotlight on the Harper Perennial imprint. For information about the imprint, please read Erica Barmash's welcome note posted here on June 18, 2010. I encourage you to add your reviews of Harper Perennial books to the review link-up page; it's a great way to discover Good Books for Cool People. See the alphabetized review index to see what others are saying. And don't miss the The Olive Reader, the Harper Perennial blog.

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Published by HarperCollins / Harper Perennial, 2010
ISBN-13:9780061946509

12 comments:

bermudaonion 10/15/10, 10:02 AM  

That does sound interesting. We have so many celebrities who are famous for nothing, so I'd love to read the author's take on that too.

Alice Teh 10/15/10, 11:37 AM  

How is that possible? Famous for nothing? That's really interesting...

Sandy Nawrot 10/15/10, 12:05 PM  

We have famous for nothing, and also famous for idiocy. Not sure which is worse. I read about this book somewhere recently and it really sounded unique. I love these features.

Jenners 10/15/10, 1:25 PM  

This does sound interesting. A book that entertains AND makes you think? What could be better?

Belle 10/15/10, 1:30 PM  

This sounds like a really intriguing read.

caite 10/15/10, 7:56 PM  

sounds interesting...and odd.

Beth Hoffman 10/16/10, 11:09 AM  

This sounds like it might be delightfully quirky and thought provoking all in one!

Aths 10/17/10, 1:02 AM  

Wow - this does have a very interesting theme. I will have to add it!

stiletto storytime 10/17/10, 1:29 PM  

I have this sitting on my nightstand...now I want to read it NOW! Thanks for the great review and spotlight!

Courtney

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 10/20/10, 8:39 PM  

Now, this grabs my attention! I think it would appeal to my husband, too ... hmmm, maybe a gift idea we both would enjoy :)

Sarah Miller 12/27/10, 4:55 PM  

Beth, forgive me, I *just now* saw your link to my blog. Thanks so much!

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