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The Contortionist's Handbook [Paperback]

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Item description for The Contortionist's Handbook by Craig Clevenger...

The Contortionist's Handbook is the story of John Dolan Vincent, an abnromally gifted child with a prclivity for mathematics beyond his years. However, he also bears a rare deformity---polydactylism---and his genius is counterbalanced by a near absence of social skills and episodes of severe migraines.

As an adult his migraines occur with alarming regularity, and his repeated attempts at self-medication send him over and over to the emergency room. He knows that to visit twice is to risk being institutionalized as a suicide risk. So, following each trip to the hospital, he draws upon his skill as a petty forger, and reinvents a new identity for himself.

The Contortionist's Handbook is about the lengths people will go to in order to protect themselves from others and ultimately from themselves.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   220
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 24, 2003
Publisher   MacAdam/Cage
ISBN  1931561486  
ISBN13  9781931561488  

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More About Craig Clevenger

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Craig Clevenger was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Southern California, where he studied English at California State University, Long Beach. He has traveled extensively and lived in Dublin and London. Disillusioned, he resigned from the high-tech industry to pursue a writing career. He currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, where he is at work on his second novel.

Craig Clevenger currently resides in San Francisco. Craig Clevenger was born in 1964.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Contortionist's Handbook?

Amazing novel  Jul 24, 2008
This book was on Chuck Palahniuk's recommendation list so i had to check it out. I recommend this novel - highly. It is a fast read and the story is so creative and interesting. Please buy this book.
A solid read  May 22, 2008
Craig Clevenger's "The Contortionist's Handbook" provides a solid "in between" read. It's the kind of book you can easily finish in a few sittings while deciding what novel you want to really immerse yourself in next. The characters and plot develop well throughout and the language used is excellent. It's lack of depth is what keeps it at the level of a fun read for me and will keep it from being an all time great, though the author himself shows great promise. I do recommend this book, though. Well worth the price.
Must read!  May 18, 2008
It was a little shorter than I would like, but then it you won't be wasing anytime if its not for you. Clevenger's writing style is very much like Chuck Palanuik's. He enthralls you from the first page. I loved his characters and running banter. A truly original piece of work
Pretty good. A little Chuck Pahalahoonicky for me.   Apr 23, 2008
This book is pretty good, but Cleavenger's writing style is a little too similar to Chuck P's. I should have known, based on the Chuck quote right on the cover, but whatever. It was still a good read.
Great book...  Mar 28, 2008
I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this book. Clevenger uses a very interesting and refreshing premise for this book. John Vincent (main character) is someone who makes the reader thankful that they are not in his position, but still makes the reader sympathetic for what Vincent has gone through in his life. Craig Clevenger shows serious talent for writing and I am looking forward to reading other novels of his. Overall, "A" grade for this selection.

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