Shandee finds a friendly arm at a granite quarry. Ned drops down a hole in a golf course. So begins Nicholson Baker’s fuse-blowing sexual escapade—a modern-day Hieronymus Boschian bacchanal set in a pleasure resort where normal rules don’t apply. House of Holes, one of the most talked-about books in recent memory, is a gleefully provocative novel sure to surprise, amuse, and arouse.
"Truly uproarious . . . Baker is one of the most consistently enticing writers of our time. "
– Sam Lipsyte, front cover of TheNew York Times Book Review
"Wild and hallucinatory . . . Full of fearlessness, cheerfulness, wit, and brio. "
– Meg Wolitzer, The Washington Post
"House of Holes is as funny as it is filthy. . . . When he is not writing about sex (and also when he is), Baker is one of the most beautiful, original, ingenious prose stylists to have come along in decades. "
– Charles McGrath, The New York Times Magazine
"A sexy, disturbing, funny book: It may also challenge the usual reader of literary novels with its sheer dazzling excess of imagination. "
– Kate Roiphe, Slate
"Awe-inducing . . . A joyful, almost Chaucerian book . . . Had Dr. Seuss been a slightly insane pornographer, he might have written a book like this. "
– Tom Bissell, GQ
"A funny, frisky novel that brings sexy back in a way that Justin Timberlake never dreamed . . . Reminds us that books can be fun and sexy, that literature can have just as much raw energy and liberating chaos as a good f*ck. "
– Mark Haskell Smith, Los Angeles Review of Books
"Brilliant, absurd, puerile, depraved, and completely enthralling. "
– Steve Almond, The Boston Globe
"A world of universal arousal is common enough in pornography, but Baker has fully realized its comic possibilities . . . [He] can conjure fantastical sexual scenarios and unspool yards of charmingly filthy dialogue. "
– Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books
"Amazing and indispensable."
– Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News
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