Lizard World is the best novel I’ve read in eons. It feels more like a found manuscript than a work of the imagination. Indeed our protagonist discovers the diary of a 17th-Century nobleman who travels to Florida, where he encounters a tribe of naked “salvages” who worship “crokadells.” This might seem a retelling of “Heart of Darkness,” if only Joey Conrad were a humorist, and Kurtz a man entirely without scruples.

But it is not the exotic locales that render Lizard World a treasure.  Like all great fiction the novel takes the reader home; this journey leads into the darkest caverns of the self. The story will make you weak with laughter.  But it will also make you whole.”

Ben Cheever, author of Strides

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