Meanwhile in Dopamine City
This is the story of Lonny Cush, sanitation worker and single parent, kind-hearted and red-blooded, who is trying his best to protect his kids from the hysterical hyper-reality of 21st century life. He lives in an unnamed fictional world city, dominated by a huge tech company akin to Google. A manual worker – although he has been put forward for ‘retraining’, a euphemism for redundancy – Lonny is out of sync with the changes in his hometown and his century, and doesn’t have the means to give his quiet teenage son Egan and his precocious, ultra-demanding nine-year-old daughter Shelby (one of the most memorably awful children in literature!) what they need, or say they need. But with his mother-in-law circling for custody, and needing to win back his kids’ favor after he maybe went too far in disciplining Shelby, he succumbs, splashing out on the thing Shelby wants more than anything else: her first smartphone.
FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE-WINING AUTHOR OF VERNON GOD LITTLE
‘Pierre’s high-risk prose explores and expands the cartoonish, taboo-busting outer edges of literary possibility.’ — Independent
It’s a big bad world out there, in Dopamine City.
All Lonnie Cush wants is to keep his kids safe.
But Shelby-Ann – his little girl, the maddening apple of his eye – has other ideas: Shelby-Ann wants her first smartphone.
So new realities are rocketing their way to 37 Palisade Row, where everything will change, every day, and at mortal speed. Until Lonnie finds himself in a stitch: he’ll have to join this new world, or wither in it. Or can he mastermind a vanishing act?
The story of a hapless father’s love and loss, and a speedball, starburst satire, Meanwhile in Dopamine City is a passionate, freewheeling work from the winner of the Booker Prize: a riotous cry for the soul and the flesh and the heart in the cooling bathwater of our automatic times.