The Shimmering Go-Between

The Shimmering Go-BetweenThe Shimmering Go-Between: A Novel
by Lee Klein
Fiction, Trade Paperback Original
ISBN 978-0-9915469-0-9
5.25 x 8 in. / 295 pages
Publication date: Aug. 19, 2014

An OMG exploration of WTF . . . If Willful Suspension of Disbelief were a race in the literary Olympics, this moving and luminous debut would set the record. If this novel were edible, it’d be less like a plate of meat than an inside-out eel roll atop a Russian doll.

Set at the dawn of the Internet age, this imaginatively unhinged yet formally controlled contemporary fable dramatizes the struggle between impulsivity and restraint. A sort of semi-perverted post-YA novel, The Shimmering Go-Between is about . . . Hot air balloons! Terraria! Goop storms! Never has a semi-illustrated story about longing, loss, and love been so good-natured, inventive, and insane.

File under:
Contemporary American Fabulism

“A moving, modern meditation on loss and renewal, The Shimmering Go-Between is recommended for readers who want innovation and whimsy without losing the heart and soul that makes a story resonate long after it’s been read.”
Foreword Reviews

An “intricately layered debut novel that manages to reorganize the landscapes of conception, birth, death, Heaven and New Jersey . . . Klein leads the reader to a ledge of unbelievability and dares the reader to believe . . . and then he pushes you off that ledge. Giggling.”
Word Riot

The Shimmering Go-Between is a strange novel. Yet it’s an intricate, even beautiful, strangeness that never loses sight of its characters’ shared humanity.”

“Comedy, genuine feeling, and an authentic sense of what it’s like to be alive in our time.”
– Christian TeBordo, author of The Awful Possibilities

Lee Klein is the author of Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck: Rejection Letters from the Eyeshot Outbox (Barrelhouse Books, 2014). A graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.