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Mark Katzman's weird and wonderful Playdate looks like a poem and reads like a novel. Fast, ever so fast and on point, it hurtles you through its dizzying narrative and leaves you gasping for breath. What a book. Once you start, it's impossible to stop reading.
-Paul Auster
Paperback, 124 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Civil Coping Mechanisms
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Elsa
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Half prose, half poetry, this follows the inner workings of a mind on the edge. Parts that sometimes feel like a fever dream and parts that feel like a strange family reunion, all of it comes together and paints the portrait of a mind on the brink. The writing is compelling and kept me turning pages to see what would happen next. Some things are left up to the reader to interpret. A second or third reading may have to happen for me to catch everything. But I will do it happily. Books like these ...more
Jim
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, small-press
A weird wild ride with a protagonist that is more sophisticated than Lester Ballard and more hysterical than Norman Bates. A quick unputdownable read but the ending left me in the dark.
Elizabeth Clay
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Starts out very psychodelic, plays out very literary. And all through it is captivating, bizarre, and yet so so human. My husband and I read it together, all in one sitting, and then talked together about it afterward. It's thought-provoking and oddly humorous all at the same time.
Michael
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This book was great. The writing was fantastic and the format was interesting. The story was really complex, but not difficult to follow.
Carla
Aug 26, 2015 marked it as to-read
I just won this in a First Reads giveaway, and look forward to reading and reviewing it.
Laura Wyles
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book and read it in one sitting.I was captivated by the imagery and would recommend it .Different but thought provoking.
John
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review to come.
Mark Katzman
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Rather bizarre and took a little to get into it. It comes across as a glimpse into mental illness that is raw and intense a fascinating little book but not a genre I'm into..
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Mark Katzman is an author, playwright, and musician. He lives in Athens, Georgia. He is a native of St. Louis and grew up in Kansas City.

He is the author of the novels Playdate (2015), I Russian Bride (2011), and the artist books, INoN (1990) and Along the Way (1990), which are held in museum and Special Collections, including MoMA. He hosts Hargrett Writer's Circle at the University of Georgia.

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