by Arne Tangherlini
With an Afterword by Pagan Kennedy
"Tangherlini succeeds wonderfully with his postmodern coming-of-age story. email@example.com pays enormous tribute to Dante's Inferno, but Tangherlini has created his own unique and sophisticated masterpiece."
- Library Journal
"Remarkably inventive. In a posthumous first novel, Arne Tangherlini reveals a playful intellect worthy of Umberto Eco and Lewis Carroll. firstname.lastname@example.org will probably be compared to another first - and last - novel, John Kennedy Toole's Confederacy of the Dunces... but email@example.com is more fun...A literary construct, a fiction within a fiction inspired by Jorge Luis Borges...a pleasure."
- Book Magazine"Alice in Cyberland! With uncommon energy and sophistication, Arne Tangherlini's LEO deploys a fantastical vehicle to speak movingly of its young heroine's difficult coming of age. A brilliant and engaging first novel."
- John Barth"I wasn't in store for such a good book. If ever a writer's reputation can be established just with one published work, this one's it. In a nutshell it's one helluva novel: vibrant, vital, energetic, polished, quick, funny, rich, imaginative, sad and powerful and original. It's also something most first novels aren't: deeply intelligent, eminently readable, highly exotic, and practically flawless."
- Stephen Dixon"Leo@fergusrules.com reminds me of the novels I loved as a kid, Narnia, Alice, Phantom Tollbooth - books that are secret gardens, with pages that whisper of other worlds. And yet, because of its literary allusions (Borges, Eco, Dante et. al.) and challenging ideas, it definitely belongs in the adult section. The narrator, a hormone-addled teen girl, dons a virtual-reality visor and goes off on a heroic journey that would make Joseph Campbell's head spin. On the way, she encounters mythological beasts from her Philippine grandmother's stories, a gaggle of mall rats, and a Zamboni ice-cleaner that's a portal to another dimension. Leo@fergusrules.com is a bit like a virtual-reality visor itself - disorienting, new, and utterly diverting. - Pagan Kennedy
"An engagingly suggestive, and sometimes entrancing exploration of what it means to grow up today amidst technological changes that become, finally, instruments of psychological turmoil and growth."
- Robert ColesArne Tangherlini received his A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard and his M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He was a teacher for many years both in the Philippines and the United States and the co-author of Smart Kids: How Academic Talents are Nurtured and Developed in America.
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