Taipei: Una Novela (Paperback)
June 2013 Indie Next List
“Taipei follows Paul, a young writer living in New York, over a period of several months as he wanders and stumbles his way through a world of drugs, anxiety, ennui, and desperation. Lin chronicles these experiences in a style that retains his recognizable dryness, but with an intense, thoughtful dedication to the articulation of Paul's thoughts and feelings. Taipei achieves a complexity only hinted at in Lin's previous work and finds an ideal balance between irony and sincerity. Funny and deeply intelligent, this new work by a 'deadpan literary trickster' is also genuinely moving.”
— Ami Tian, Ravenna Third Place, Seattle, WA
An ode--or lament--to the way we live today, this novel follows Paul from New York City to Taipei, where he moves with his new wife, a fellow artist drug user. On their journey, the two experience all-night drives along the East Coast, ill-advised grocery runs in the Midwest, shoplifting excursions in the South, and book readings on the West Coast. The couple learns what it means to share themselves completely, and what results is a meditation on memory, love, and what it means to be alive, young, and on the periphery--in America or anywhere.
About the Author
Tao Lin is the author of seven books of fiction and poetry, including Richard Yates: A Novel, Shoplifting from American Apparel, and You Are a Little Bit Happier Than I Am. His work has been published by Gawker, the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Observer, and Vice. He lives in New York City.