Simon & Schuster
On Sale: January 15, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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Humor | Literature and Fiction
A brilliant send-up of our contemporary culture
from Sam Lipsyte, the critically acclaimed author of
Home Land, centered around an unwitting
mindfulness guru and the phenomenon he initiates.
In an America convulsed by political upheaval, cultural
discord, environmental collapse, and spiritual confusion,
many folks are searching for peace, salvation, and—perhaps
most immediately—just a little damn focus. Enter Hark
Morner, an unwitting guru whose technique of “Mental
Archery”—a combination of mindfulness, mythology, fake
history, yoga, and, well, archery—is set to captivate the
masses and raise him to near-messiah status. It’s a role he
never asked for, and one he is woefully underprepared to
take on. But his inner-circle of modern pilgrims have other
plans, as do some suddenly powerful fringe players,
including a renegade Ivy League ethicist, a gentle Swedish
kidnapper, a crossbow-hunting veteran of jungle drug wars, a
social media tycoon with an empire on the skids, and a
mysteriously influential (but undeniably slimy) catfish.
In this social satire of the highest order, Sam Lipsyte, the
New York Times bestseller and master of the form,
reaches new peaks of daring in a novel that revels in
contemporary absurdity and the wild poetry of everyday
language while exploring the emotional truths of his
characters. Hark is a smart, incisive look at men,
women, and children seeking meaning and dignity in a
chaotic, ridiculous, and often dangerous world.
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