WEST BY WHITNEY POOLE
Sebastian's father is missing. His house is in ruins. He finds the city of his youth changed so much it is almost recognizable. All that remains are journal entries about a mystical aleph existing somewhere in the city. In Sebastian’s search, he finds that people in the city are losing their memories, only to reappear with entirely new identities and no memory of the past. Worse yet is that Sebastian's memory begins to slip as well…
“A young writer finds his chops. It's a wonderful moment to witness.” –– Alan Cheuse, book reviewer on NPR
"Whitney Poole's writing can only be described as 'magical'. It combines realism and fantasy in a subtle blend that leaves the reader guessing up till the last page. At heart West is a mystery story; it is about a son's search for his father, but it is more complex than that. It is an allegory about the times we live in and our unstoppable desire for wealth and power; it is a fusion of Kafka and Roberto Bolano at their best." –– Helon H Ngalabak
“Whitney Poole’s West is a tremendously engaging novel brimming with deft mystery and surprising revelations. Strong characters along with a fluent and richly textured narrative exposing the foibles of human relationships and the darkness they often inspire will keep the reader thoroughly engrossed from page one to the satisfying finale.” –– Michael C. Keith, author of The Collector of Tears and The Near Enough.
ABOUT WHITNEY POOLE
Whitney Poole has lived in Baltimore, Barcelona, Glasgow, New York, Osaka and Seattle. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University and his MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.