Fiction. Once upon a time that doesn't make a blind bit of sense, in a place that seems awfully familiar but definitely doesn't exist, Willem Seiler's obsession with measuring his world—with wrapping it up in his beloved string to keep the madness out—wreaks havoc on the Wakeling family. Noranbole Wakeling, living in the scrub and toil of the pantry and in the shadow of her much wooed and cosseted sister, is worshipped by the madman Seiler but overlooked by everyone else. As lives are lost to Seiler's vanity, she spots her chance to break free of the fetters that tie her to Tiny Village, and bolts. But some cords are never really cut. In her absence, the unravelling of the world she has escaped is complete, and another madness—her mother's—reaches out to entangle her newfound Big City freedom. The unpicked quilt-work of a life in ruins threatens to ruin her own, and it will be up to Noranbole to stitch it all together.Dark and funny in equal measure, LAKE OF URINE is a sui generis romp through every fairy-tale convention and literary trope you can think of, including the wicked stepmother, the fairy godmother, Pinocchio, an enchanted penis, the goose that laid the golden egg, binary code, marmalade art and alcoholic meat snacks you can drink. It is also a merciless takedown of self and self-importance, satirizing a society that exalts the inane, drowns out the sane and eschews the divine for the profane, and a lament for the dreadful weight of our own origins, for the heartbreaking impossibility of absolute reinvention, and the heartening tug of the ties that bind us.
"The delightfully named Sagging Meniscus Press, a small independent publisher based in New Jersey, has published one of the strangest novels of the year. Lake of Urine is set in places called Big City, Small Town and Tiny Village; characters have names such as Mescaline Stroop, Phinoola Quigg and Vacuity Blanc. Its plot, which cannot easily be summarized with a straight face, revolves around a country woman, Emma Wakeling, and her two daughters, named Urine – yes, Urine – and Noranbole."—Houman Barekat, Times Literary Supplement
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Guillermo Stitch is the author of the award-winning novella, Literature™. He lives in Spain.Author City: SPA