The Revisionaries

A street preacher decked out in denim robes and running shoes, Julius is a source of inspiration for a community that knows nothing of his scandalous origins.

But when a nearby mental hospital releases its patients to run amok in his neighborhood, his trusted if bedraggled flock turns expectantly to Julius to find out what’s going on. Amid the descending chaos, Julius encounters a hospital escapee who babbles prophecies of doom, and the growing palpable sense of impending danger intensifies. . . as does the feeling that everyone may be relying on a street preacher just a little too much.

Still, Julius decides he must confront the forces that threaten his congregation—including the peculiar followers of a religious cult, the mysterious men and women dressed all in red seen fleetingly amid the bedlam, and an enigmatic smoking figure who seems to know what’s going to happen just before it does.

The Revisionaries is a wildly imaginative, masterfully rendered, and suspenseful tale that conjures the bold outlandish stylishness of Thomas Pynchon, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Moore—while being unlike anything that’s come before.

A. R. Moxon is a writer who runs the popular twitter handle @JuliusGoat. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

”I was baffled, dazzled, angered and awed … I adored it … a modern day classic … equally audacious and brilliant …. Moxon is a literary demon.” — Ron Charles, The Washington Post

A spectacular invention … [Moxon is] a wildly gifted inventor … Engrossing …” Sergio De La Pava, The New York Times

”I’m almost irritated by how much I enjoyed it… It is, by turns and often at once, surreal, absurd, horrifying, earnest and satirical … written with a playful elegance … I’m astonished by how compulsively readable it is.” — Amal El-Mohtar, NPR

“It’s a good thing The Revisionaries is so funny. It will prevent whatever civilization that finds it thousands of years from now forming a creepy new religion around it.” — Patton Oswalt

”A beautiful, harrowing, thrilling book. Saints and sinners roam its pages, trying to save the world or themselves, or just figure out what the hell went wrong. Wielding exuberant, intelligent prose, A. R. Moxon grapples with the modern world and its villians and inverts our expectations like hapless turtles. It’s a wild ride and a great read.” — Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Revisionaries has not only heart and brains but the lively pulse of a singular voice.” — Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

”Atmospheric, darkly funny and unpredictable, Moxon’s novel, like a darkly contemporary, adult version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, asks readers to attempt to make sense of its eerie, thought-provoking nonsense.”  Shelf Awareness

”Mind-bending. A headlong adventure yarn set in a vividly-imagined cityscape, The Revisionaries is also a fiendish narrative, as well as a parable at scale about freedom and responsibility.” — Martin Seay, author of The Mirror Thief

”The Revisionaries is an audacious, funny, and relentlessly inventive novel. If Kurt Vonnegut had been commissioned to rewrite the Old Testament, this would be the result.” — Tom McAllister, author of How to Be Safe

“Sprawling, mesmerizing, unforgettable … Delving into memory and belief as well as complex questions about authorship and ownership, Moxon’s astounding novel, bursting at the seams with ideas and pathos, is a breathless demonstration of masterful storytelling.” — Booklist

“… there are all sorts of memorable characters … it’s good fun to wind the characters up and watch them go … it makes for a tasty entertainment.” — Kirkus

 

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