Bubblegum: A Novel

Written by:
Adam Levin

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2020
39 hours 8 minutes
'Adam Levin is one of our wildest writers and our funniest, and Bubblegum is a dazzling accomplishment of wit and inventiveness.' —George Saunders 

'Levin's brains may have earned him a cult...but here he swells to a democratic reach. Give him a try sometime. His gate’s wide open.” —Garth Risk Hallberg, The New York Times Book Review

The astonishing new novel by the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award-winning author of The Instructions.

Bubblegum is set in an alternate present-day world in which the Internet does not exist, and has never existed. Rather, a wholly different species of interactive technology--a 'flesh-and-bone robot' called the Curio--has dominated both the market and the cultural imagination since the late 1980s. Belt Magnet, who as a boy in greater Chicago became one of the lucky first adopters of a Curio, is now writing his memoir, and through it we follow a singular man out of sync with the harsh realities of a world he feels alien to, but must find a way to live in.
     At age thirty-eight, still living at home with his widowed father, Belt insulates himself from the awful and terrifying world outside by spending most of his time with books, his beloved Curio, and the voices in his head, which he isn't entirely sure are in his head. After Belt's father goes on a fishing excursion, a simple trip to the bank escalates into an epic saga that eventually forces Belt to confront the world he fears, as well as his estranged childhood friend Jonboat, the celebrity astronaut and billionaire.
     In Bubblegum, Adam Levin has crafted a profoundly hilarious, resonant, and monumental narrative about heartbreak, longing, art, and the search for belonging in an incompatible world. Bubblegum is a rare masterwork of provocative social (and self-) awareness and intimate emotional power.
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Joel W.

As good a narrative as there could be.. a true masterwork by one do the smartest, most intellectually attended writers alive today. Levin doesn’t care what we think, he writes for the art of writing and what inner-joy and sense of accomplishment it brings. Belt Magnet is a modern-age protagonist whose mindset is defined by his childhood and the prolonged impact of said childhood in many ways. He is low-key, humble and really just want to have an ‘Ok life’... A stunning novel, criminally under appreciated in a society where the short story is too much to hold most attention spans, the monster novel may as well be in a foreign language! But there are so many stories within the story each page offers something new and fun.

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