After suffering decades of brutal neglect, Winkie, a mangy old teddy bear, realises that he can actually move. He jumps out the window, and takes to the forest. But just as he is discovering the joys and wonders of mobility, self-determination, even love, Winkie's luck ends. Discovered by the military, who instantly conclude that he is the evil mastermind behind dozens of terrorist attacks, Winkie is brought to trial. In this War against Terror the prosecution will stop at nothing to get a conviction. Scathingly funny, and not a little weird, Winkie brilliantly exposes the cruel absurdities of our age and explores what it means to be human in an increasingly barbaric world.
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'Clifford Chase's debut novel, WINKIE is the gripping and bizarre story of a teddy bear who gets involved in the war on terror. You will believe.' -- GQ 'If Animal Farm were to bump into Monty Python in a dark alley the result might be WINKIE.' -- Herald Sun, Australia 'WINKIE is the most ambitious book of the year' -- Entertainment Weekly 'A hilariously inventive kitchen-sink drama [that] reads both as War on Terror spoof and stark family epic. But what elevates Chase's work above simple cleverness is the magic of the prose itself, which derives beauty from all things.' -- Time Out, Chicago 'In this wryly comic, paradoxically touching first novel, Chase delivers a cleverly original allegory on the absurdities of our terror-obsessed culture ... A masterfully measured social critique featuring a protagonist as endearing as any from the classics of childhood literature.' -- Booklist (starred review) 'Chase makes this out-of-left-field story work brilliantly; a funny and sweet yet seriously topical novel.' -- Kirkus Starred review 'I really loved the book ... I enjoyed the satirical bent, I thought it was clever and deft, and also the pictures made me laugh heartily.' -- Lucy Porter 'Winkie is a luminous achievement -- a magical, eccentric novel about the subversive imagination, and about the power of anarchic play. I recommend this book with the utmost enthusiasm and joy' -- Wayne Koestenbaum 'Winkie's trial is a minor masterpiece of ridiculousness, in which the prosecution's move to end the trial after it has presented its side sounds uncomfortably close to what we read in the newspapers... Chase puts himself in the same league as David Sedaris with this unclassifiable debut' -- Publishers Weekly
About Clifford Chase
Clifford Chase is the author of The Hurry-Up Song, a memoir of his brother's death, and his fiction has appeared in various magazines and literary journals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he wrote WINKIE, his first novel. The author's inspiration was his own teddy bear, which is now over 80 and a bit mangy.
Winkie by Clifford Chase
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