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A dazzling new novel from the author of the "weird, thrilling, and inimitable" Woke Up Lonely (Marie Claire)

Meet Phil Snyder: new father, nursing assistant at a cutting-edge biotech facility on Staten Island, and all-around decent guy. Trouble is, his life is falling apart. His wife has betrayed him, his job involves experimental surgeries with strange side effects, and his father is hiding early-onset dementia. Phil also has a special talent he doesn't want to publicize -- he's a mind reader and moonlights as Brainstorm, a costumed superhero. But when Phil wakes up from a blackout drunk and is confronted with photos that seem to show him assaulting an unknown woman, even superpowers won't help him. Try as he might, Phil can't remember that night, and so, haunted by the need to know, he mind-reads his way through the lab techs at work, adoring fans at Toy Polloi, and anyone else who gets in his way, in an attempt to determine whether he's capable of such violence. A Little More Human, rife with layers of paranoia and conspiracy, questions how well we really know ourselves, showcasing Fiona Maazel at her tragicomic, freewheeling best.

About the Author

Fiona Maazel

Fiona Maazel is author of the novels Last Last Chance (2008) ; Woke Up Lonely (2013) ; and A Little More Human (2017) .

Last Last Chance was a Time Out New York "Best Book of the Year." Woke Up Lonely was a finalist for the Believer Book Award and optioned by 21st Century Fox.

Maazel is winner of the Bard Prize for Fiction and a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree. Her stories have appeared in Conjunctions, Harper's, Ploughshares, Tin House, Best American Short Stories 2017, and elsewhere.

She has served as chair of the judging committee for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, a judge for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, and has hosted the National Book Awards Finalists Reading.

She has taught in the creative writing programs at Brooklyn College, NYU, Adelphi, Princeton, Syracuse, Columbia, and the University of Leipzig, Germany, and is currently the Director of Communications for a legal nonprofit, Measures for Justice.

Maazel is a graduate of Williams College and the Bennington Writing Seminars. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Website: www.fionamaazel.com

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