Jacob Rubin - The Poser

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

In the vein of Jonathan Lethem’s and Kevin Wilson’s playful surrealism, Jacob Rubin’s debut novel, The Poser, is a caffeinated, wildly comic, maximalist performance that chronicles the adventures of Giovanni Bernini, the World’s Greatest Impressionist—a man whose bizarre talent catapults him from small-town obscurity to widespread fame. Rubin, who currently writes screenplays, was previously a standup comic, a magician for hire, and the lead singer of the hip hop group Witness Protection Program, opening for acts like Jurassic Five and Blackalicious. In The Poser, he has blended his eccentric experiences as a performer into this deeply insightful and wholly original novel that undeniably marks the debut of a major literary voice in contemporary American fiction.

Jacob Rubin’s writing has appeared in Best New American Voices, New York magazine, Slate, n + 1, and The New Republic. Times Square, a screenplay he co-wrote, was recently acquired by Focus Features. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Mississippi, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College.


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ISBN: 9780670016761
Availability: Special Order
Published: Viking - March 17th, 2015

Named one of theHuffington Post's2015 Books We Can't Wait To Read

Smart and absorbing. . . . Echoes of Steven Millhauser and Tom McCarthy. . . . Probing, witty. The New York Times Book Review
A masterful debut . . . delivered with vaudeville verve. The Washington Post