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Taking the form of an unfinished tell-all by the great man himself, Big, Big Love is the type of laugh-out-loud, take-no-prisoners satire rarely seen in today’s navel gazing literary fiction arena. After appearing in The Brooklyn Rail, in 2007, it quickly established itself as an underground classic in the US and UK.
Now this digital edition from Green Dolphin Street Media makes that pitch-black humorous tale available to a wider international audience.
With Big, Big Love Thomas D’Adamo bullies his way into the chorus of cranks, malcontents, and literary hooligans in which Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller once sang so brilliantly.
– Greg Palast, author of the New York Times bestsellers, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Conjuring the barbed satiric energies of Nathanael West and George Saunders, Thomas D’Adamo skewers American narcissism—a national tradition more honored than flag and church—while sounding mythic notes that tell of hero worship and its tragic flaws. In “Big, Big Love,” D’Adamo insinuates an unsettling political message beneath a skillfully crafted guise of comic exaggeration. Handle carefully—this is a story with sharp edges and combustible contents.
– Albert Mobilio, Author of Touch Wood and Editor at Bookforum
The only self-help tale you’ll ever need! BIG, BIG LOVE will tickle your most sociopathic funny bone while making you a better person. Guaranteed. This profound, and glorious, and terrifying, and absurdly funny book will transform your current self into your ultimate self.
– Donald Breckenridge, Fiction Editor at The Brooklyn Rail, co-editor of InTranslation, and author of This Young Girl Passing and You Are Here
About the Author
A longtime denizen of New York’s Lower East Side, Thomas D’Adamo now lives in the woods by Wissahickon Creek with Veronica, his beloved Conn 10M “Lady Face” tenor sax. His stories, poems and reviews have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Bookforum, and other publications.