Last Resort by Andrew Lipstein
‘If Less by Andrew Sean Greer left a hole in your life, good news: Last Resort will fill it. Fast and funny, it feels like a backstage pass to the book world’ MEG MASON ‘A brilliant take on what it means to be an artist in a world of endless compromises. Look out, Faust, there’s a new sheriff in town’ GARY SHTEYNGART ‘If there’s nothing new under the sun, can anyone be original without lying? Would truth still be stranger than fiction if people were honest in real life? A fast-paced simulacrum of a commercial novel: I finished it in a day’ NELL ZINK ‘A sharply written, headlong romp’ LIONEL SHRIVER
Caleb Horowitz is twenty-seven, and his wildest dreams are about to come true. His manuscript has caught the attention of the literary agent, who offers him fame, fortune and a taste of the literary life. He can’t wait for his book to be shopped around to every editor in New York, except one: Avi Dietsch, a college rival and the novel’s ‘inspiration.’ When Avi gets his hands on the manuscript, he sees nothing but theft – and opportunity. And so Caleb is forced to make a Faustian bargain, one that tests his theories of success, ambition and the limits of art.