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The new and improved Romie Futch

Title
The new and improved Romie Futch / Julia Elliott.
Author
Elliott, Julia, 1968-
Publication
Prince Frederick : Recorded Books, 2015.
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Smith, T. Ryder.
Description
1 online resource (1 sound file (11 hr., 7 min., 36 sec.)) : digital.
Summary
From the author of The Wilds, which Publishers Weekly called "a brilliant combination of emotion and grime, wit and horror," comes a debut novel that is part dystopian satire, part Southern Gothic tall tale: a disturbing yet hilarious romp through a surreal New South where newfangled medical technologies change the structure of the human brain and genetically modified feral animals ravage the blighted landscape. Down on his luck and still pining for his ex-wife, South Carolina taxidermist Romie Futch spends his evenings drunkenly surfing the Internet before passing out on his couch. In a last-ditch attempt to pay his mortgage, he replies to an ad and becomes a research subject in an experiment conducted by the Center for Cybernetic Neuroscience in Atlanta, Georgia. After "scientists" download hifalutin humanities disciplines into their brains, Romie and his fellow guinea pigs start debating the works of Foucault and hashing out the intricacies of postmodern subjectivity. The enhanced taxidermist, who once aspired to be an artist, returns to his hometown ready to revolutionize his work and revive his failed marriage. As Romie tracks down specimens for his elaborate animatronic taxidermy dioramas, he develops an Ahab-caliber obsession with bagging "Hogzilla," a thousand-pound feral hog that has been terrorizing Hampton County. Cruising hog-hunting websites, he learns that this lab-spawned monster possesses peculiar traits. Pulled into an absurd and murky underworld of biotech operatives, FDA agents, and environmental activists, Romie becomes entangled in the enigma of Hogzilla's origins. Exploring the interplay between nature and culture, biology and technology, reality and art, The New and Improved Romie Futch probes the mysteries of memory and consciousness, offering a darkly comic yet heartfelt take on the contemporary human predicament.
Series Statement
Southern voices
Uniform Title
Southern voices audio.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Audiobooks.
  • Fantasy fiction.
  • Fiction.
  • Gothic fiction.
  • Novels.
  • Satirical literature.
  • Science fiction.
ISBN
9781490683492
OCLC
  • 1033405210
  • 1033405210
Author
Elliott, Julia, 1968- author.
Title
The new and improved Romie Futch / Julia Elliott.
Publisher
Prince Frederick : Recorded Books, 2015.
Edition
Unabridged.
Playing Time
110736
Type of Content
spoken word
Type of Medium
computer
Type of Carrier
online resource
Digital File Characteristics
audio file
Creator/Contributor Characteristics
South Carolinians
Women
University and college faculty members
English teachers
Women's studies teachers
Series
Southern voices
Southern voices audio.
Performer
Read by T. Ryder Smith.
Source of description
Hard copy version record.
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Source record: Elliott, Julia, 1968- New and improved Romie Futch. Unabridged. Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, ℗2015 9781490683485 (OCoLC)924771738
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