The Vegan

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399602594

Price: £18.99

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Herschel Caine is a master of the universe. His hedge fund, built on the miracle of machine learning, is inches away from systematically sapping profits from the market. His SoHo offices (shoes optional, therapy required) are ready for desperate investors to flood through the doors. But on May 12, his mind is elsewhere-at his Cobble Hill townhouse and the dinner party designed to impress his flawless neighbours. When the soiree falters, Herschel concocts a prank that goes horrifically awry, plunging him into a tailspin of guilt and regret. As Herschel’s perfect world starts to slip away, he clings to the moral clarity he finds in the last place he’d expect: a sudden connection with his neighbour’s dog.

A wildly inventive, reality-bending trip, The Vegan holds a mirror up to its reader and poses a question only a hedge fund manager could: is purity a convertible asset? The more Herschel disavows his original sin, and the more it threatens to be revealed, the more it becomes something else entirely: a way into a forgotten world of animals, nature, and life beyond words.

Andrew Lipstein, the author of Last Resort, a novel that ‘you’ll think about . . . for weeks after you read the last pages’ (Los Angeles Times), challenges our ideas of contemporary morality in his scintillating, provocative second novel.

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A pig in a blanket of irony, subversion and humour
New York Times
With mind-bending skillfulness, The Vegan plumbs the back alleys of morality without ever moralizing. This is storytelling that feels sharply contemporary, dizzyingly intelligent, and utterly original.
Allegra Hyde, author of THE LAST CATASTROPHE
A fresh, witty, masterfully crafted morality tale for the modern age. Lipstein has conceived an unforgettable character, terrifyingly real, who could have walked out of an episode of Succession. I absolutely (bordering on obsessively) loved this novel
Virginia Feito, author of MISS MARCH
In his engrossing new novel, Andrew Lipstein has produced a feverish, fantastically surprising parable about guilt, money, and (curveball) the lives of animals. It reads like the unholy offspring of Saul Bellow's Seize the Day and Julio Cortázar's cosmic short fiction, or Crime and Punishment for the Brooklyn brownstone set
Andrew Martin, author of EARLY WORK AND COOL FOR AMERICA
A sharply observed literary novel with elements of satire and intrigue baked into the mix, The Vegan is a deftly told morality tale for our time
Jonathan Tropper
Andrew Lipstein's The Vegan is a meaty comedy with a bleeding heart, highly recommended for all animals who read
Joshua Cohen, winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Andrew Lipstein's hilarious, acid-tart, spot-on, and deeply unnerving novel The Vegan follows its privileged narrator as his inability to tolerate his own guilt and complicity deranges him. We can't turn away as he follows his impulse, both righteous and ridiculous, to burn it all down. Lipstein has written a precise, weird, and wildly propulsive take on modern American ethical and moral bankruptcy
Dana Spiotta, author of WAYWARD
You will want to tear through this ingenious tale in one sitting, but I urge you to resist and wallow in the strange, hilarious, whip-smart world Andrew Lipstein has built. Exacting, upending and constantly surprising, I loved this novel
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
A topsy-turvy investigation of that most disorienting question: What does it mean to be a good person?
Kirkus Reviews
The Vegan is the weirdest novel I've read in ages. In a good way. A genre unto itself. Skillfully written and strangely addictive
Lionel Shriver
A propulsive, wild ride
Vanity Fair
Propulsive
Los Angeles Times
Skewers capitalism, consumerism, and milquetoast morality in its pointed teeth
Elle
The Vegan is unexpectedly hilarious in the face of doom. Andrew Lipstein has managed to create gruesomely cinematic scenes within a contemporary landscape of greed, and it's amazing to watch
Chelsea Hodson, author of TONIGHT I'M SOMEONE ELSE
A funny, intelligent page-turner, The Vegan explores what it means to have self-determination and to take it from another - or to have it taken from you. It unfolds in a delectably paranoid fever dream that possesses a Kafkaesque strangeness, humor, and moral terror. One of the most entertaining and beguiling novels I've read in years. Lipstein has quickly joined the ranks of my favorite contemporary novelists
Cara Blue Adams, author of YOU NEVER GET IT BACK
At once bracingly contemporary and deeply strange . . . The Vegan channels the queasy paranoia of an era when the fear of human extinction via machine learning can make even masters of the universe feel like trapped animals
Time
Exquisite . . . perfectly pitched between farce and poignancy
i
I ignored house and home to read this propulsive story of impulse, guilt, and resolve. A dazzling and resonant allegory for our moral moment
Julia May Jonas, author of VLADIMIR
One of my favourite books . . . poignant, but also really funny and lightly written . . . grapples with ethical questions in a really sensitive way
Financial Times