The Cry of the Sloth
By Sam Savage
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson Fiction
Living on a diet of fried Spam, vodka, sardines and Southern Comfort, Andrew Whittaker is being sucked into the morass of middle age. A negligent landlord, small-time literary editor, and aspiring novelist, he is â€“ quite literally â€“ authoring his own downfall. From his letters and diary entries to grocery lists and posted signs, this novel is a collection of everything Whittaker commits to paper over four critical months.
A native of South Carolina now living in Madison, Wisconsin, Sam Savage studied Philosophy at Yale, where he taught briefly. He has worked as a bicycle mechanic, carpenter, commercial fisherman and letterpress printer. His first novel, Firmin, began life at a tiny non-profit press and went on to become an international cult hit.