Four interlocking narratives set in four American cities form a richly comic feast about love, academia, an elusive Tibetan novelist-and SOFA, a protest group so mysterious its very initials are open to interpretation.
Bad Teeth follows a cast of young literary men and women, each in a period of formation, in four very American cities-Brooklyn, Bloomington, Berkeley, and Bakersfield. A Pynchonesque treat, it's four (or more) books in one: a bohemian satire, a campus comedy, a stoner's reverie, and a quadruple love story. The plots coalesce around the search for a mysterious author, Jigme Drolma ("the Tibetan David Foster Wallace"), who might in fact be a plagiarist. But how does the self-styled arch-magician Nicholas Bendix figure into this? What will happen when SOFA unleashes the "Apocalypse"? And what's to become of Lump, the cat?
Dustin Long is the author of Icelander. He is currently finishing a Ph.D. in American Literature, and he teaches literature at a private institution in Manhattan. He lives in New York with his wife.