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Lights Out in Wonderland by DBC Pierre
In Lights Out in Wonderland, Gabriel Brockwell is a 26-year old bacchanalian who has decided to kill himself. Before he does, though, he wants one last, huge, blow-out party. He breaks out of rehab in London, steals money from an anti-capitalist group, and goes to Tokyo to visit his old friend, Nelson Smuts. Smuts works in a restaurant that serves potentially poisonous puffer fish. Their partying leaves a man dead and Smuts in jail. To free Smuts, Gabriel arranges a huge affair in Berlin's Tempelhof Airport, and invites the extremely wealthy who are looking for a different thrill. And finds a girl along the way. DBC Pierre's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "Lights Out in Wonderland isn't perfect - it builds up to an ending that doesn't fully discharge - but it's a terrific one-man show. Gabriel is the eloquent misanthrope Pierre has been looking for all along, good company even if you dislike him, gracefully moving from screed to story without missing a beat. He's a man who holds a mirror up to a suicidal society and sees himself, a genuine product of his time."