Jacob Russell; ARI FIGUE'S CAT; Deep Sett Press (Fiction: Literary) 10.00 ISBN: 9781940830063
Byline: Barbara Nickles
An experiment in poetic prose, nonlinear scenes, and even font style, this novel offers a tale of a vibrant city full of mystery.
Ari Figue's Cat is Jacob Russell's deep, perplexing novel of finding love in the least likely of places, and its complexity will either enthrall or completely alienate readers. But for those who enjoy experimental literature, this book will entertain.
The story gets rolling in 2002 in Philadelphia, where the title character rides the Frankford El, one of the city's train lines. Ari has fallen in love at first sight with a woman he calls the Snow Angel, and from there he travels through the city and through time. As a result, Ari's story also becomes a story of the City of Brotherly Love, which is documented through alternating journal entries and straightforward prose.
This is not a book for those looking for an easy exploration of love. This is experimental literature mixed with poetry, and it's complicated. The author uses words as art, and there are lovely descriptions of Philadelphia, snow, and...