ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | The Guild of Saint Cooper by Shya Scanlon



The Guild of Saint Cooper by Shya Scanlon

Shya Scanlon’s The Guild of St. Cooper is about an obscure author in a near-future post-evacuation Seattle who is drawn into writing a revisionist history that sets the book itself unspooling backward into its own alternate history and into a world—featuring giant rhododendrons, space aliens, and a certain Special Agent Dale Cooper—increasingly both familiar and unrecognizable.



“Just when I thought I’d had my fill of dystopian novels, along comes the The Guild of Saint Cooper; a playful, imaginative, and wildly unpredictable ride through alternate Seattle. Scanlon delights in turning history on its ear in this daring and thoughtful high wire act of a novel.” —Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Praise for Border Run:
“Like a Philip K. Dick of the American Southwest, or a futuristic Cormac McCarthy.” —Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nightttime and Some for the Day

“Strikes a flawless balance between satire and heart, adventure adn meditation.” —Laura Van Den Berg, author The Isle of Youth


Publisher Information

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books (May 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936873613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936873616



Shya Scanlon is the author of the novels Forecast and Border Run, and of the poetry collection In This Alone Impulse. He received his MFA from Brown University, and lives in Manhattan and Bearsville, New York, with his wife.

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