August Book Club Selection: 'Disintegration' by Richard Thomas

LitReactor Book Club

Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For August, we will be reading and discussing Disintegration, by our very own Richard Thomas.

Synopsis:

Once a suburban husband and father, now the man has lost all sense of time. He retains only a few keepsakes of his former life: a handmade dining room table, an armoire and dresser from the bedroom, and a tape of the last message his wife ever left on their answering machine. These are memories of a man who no longer exists. Booze and an affair with a beautiful woman provide little relief, with the only meaning left in his life coming from his assignments. An envelope slipped under the door of his apartment with the name and address of an unpunished evildoer. The unspoken directive to kill. And every time he does, he marks the occasion with a memento: a tattoo. He has a lot of tattoos.

But into this unchanging existence seep unsettling questions. How much of what he feels and sees can he trust? How much is a lie designed to control him? He will risk his own life—and the lives of everyone around him—to find out.

Author:

Richard Thomas is the author of seven books: Three novels, Disintegration and The Breaker (Random House Alibi), and Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications); three short story collections, Tribulations (TBA), Staring Into the Abyss (Kraken Press), and Herniated Roots (Snubnose Press); as well as one novella of The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). He is also the editor of four anthologies: Exigencies and The New Black (Dark House Press), The Lineup (Black Lawrence Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk (finalist for the Bram Stoker Award). In his spare time he is a columnist at LitReactor and Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press. He has taught at LitReactor, the University of Iowa, StoryStudio Chicago, and in Transylvania. For more information visit www.whatdoesnotkillme.com.


Discussion for Disintegration will kick off on August 1st, but you should pick up the book and start reading ASAP! (We've provided a handy link below). Once you're locked and loaded, you can announce your presence in the Book Club. (No invitation needed!)  That thread is where all discussion about the book will go down.

If you read our July Book Club selection, New Yorked by Rob Hart, make sure you check out that thread as discussion there has officially started.

Happy reading!

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Chacron from England, South Coast is reading Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb July 5, 2015 - 3:10pm

I got a copy shortly after release but really couldn't get into it. This made me try again and 80 pages later I just didn't understand why it didn't work for me the first time. Look forward to finally participating in a book club discussion on here! 

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies July 13, 2015 - 11:24am

Thanks! Glad you stuck with it. I know my voice isn't for everyone.