Steve Toltz will leave you laughing out loud In his new comic novel about the afterlife, Here Goes Nothing, where you’ll meet literature’s newest anti-heroes Angus and Gracie—Angus on a wild ride thru the afterlife, where he recounts his own murder, and his wife Gracie, back on earth, dealing with her pregnancy, a mysterious boarder, and her job officiating at weddings as a ceremonial minister (her hilarious, irreverent disquisitions on love and marriage are priceless!), all while a mysterious epidemic threatens earth (sound familiar?) Exhilaratingly original, comically dark, mordantly funny (I now know what the word “mordant” means!), Here Goes Nothing is a genuinely, remarkably, profoundly funny black comedy about death and the afterlife, about grief and mourning, but ultimately a celebration of the wondrous, near-impossibility of our being alive. Toltz is an incomparable wordsmith who trashes taboos as he goes, along the way taking potshots at patriotism, consumerism, unchecked capitalism, weddings, our concepts of an afterlife, and the biggest human foible of all, love! I loved the novel’s frenetic energy, its wisdom couched in humor, its wry social commentary, its smart, witty banter. I agree with author Peter Carey: “What a joy to surrender oneself to a writer of such prodigious talent.” Ed loved, loved, loved, and highly recommends!— Ed
A wildly inventive, savagely funny, and topical novel about love, mortality, and the afterlife, by the Booker-shortlisted author of A Fraction of the Whole.
Angus is a reformed ne'er-do-well looking forward to the birth of his first child when he's murdered by a man who is in love with his pregnant wife Gracie. Having never believed in God, heaven or hell, Angus finds himself in the afterlife--a place that provides more questions than answers. As a worldwide pandemic finally reaches the shores of Australia, the afterlife starts to get very crowded and Angus finds a way to reconnect with his wife Gracie and maybe even seek revenge on his murderer ...
Here Goes Nothing is a novel of exhilarating originality and scope about birth, death, and everything in between and after by a writer of prodigious talent-- Peter Carey, that contains a vision of the afterlife that rivals Dante's Divine Comedy and George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, and the Emmy-nominated The Good Place.