The Brand New Catastrophe

The Brand New Catastrophe

by Mike Scalise

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Winner of the Center for Fiction's Doheny Prize

"His way is with humor, optimism, courage and probing introspection, the very characteristics — combined with crisp prose and a rare and innately interesting medical condition — that make this a winning literary debut." — The New York Times Book Review

Raucous family memoir meets medical adventure in this heartfelt, hilarious book exploring the public and private theaters of illness. After a tumor bursts in Mike Scalise’s brain, leaving him with a hole in the head and malfunctioning hormones, he must navigate a new, alien world of illness maintenance. His mother, who has a chronic heart condition and a flair for drama, becomes a complicated model as she competes with him for the status of "best sick person." The Brand New Catastrophe is a moving, funny exploration of how we define ourselves by the stories we choose to tell.

Mike Scalise 's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, and was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941411339
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review, Wall Street Journal, and other places. He’s an 826DC advisory board member, has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation, and was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University. His memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, was the recipient of The Center for Fiction's 2014 Christopher Doheny Award.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Fraction of a Fraction of a Fraction

Part One
Chapter 1: The Drowning Lifeguard
Chapter 2: More Recent Unfinished Business
Chapter 3: Q&A
Chapter 4: The Big Whatever

Part Two
Chapter 5: In the Event of Something Unholy
Chapter 6: A Few Simple Repairs
Chapter 7: Box-O-Man
Chapter 8: Posse
Chapter 9: Another One

Part Three
Chapter 10: Bait
Chapter 11: What Else Can She Give But Her Milk?
Chapter 12: Gamma Knife

Part Four
Chapter 13: A Certain Kind of Busy
Chapter 14: The Most Literal Possible Understanding of the World
Chapter 15: Game
Chapter 16: What Okay Feels Like Now
Chapter 17: Best Man
Chapter 18: Wedding

Part Five
Chapter 19: Jewelry
Chapter 20: Yacht People
Chapter 21: End One, End Two

Part Six
Chapter 22: Perhaps Nothing, Perhaps Everything
Chapter 23: Weird Hormone Thing
Chapter 24: Reunion
Chapter 25: Crazy Lady
Chapter 26: A Universe of No Accidents

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