Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates: A Novel

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“As clever and witty a novel as anyone has written in a long time . . . Robbins takes readers on a wild, delightful ride. . . . A delight from beginning to end.”—Buffalo News

“Superb.”New York Post

“As clever and witty a novel as anyone has written in a long time . . . The plot is sustained by [Robbins’s] usual virtuoso writing and brilliant flashes of insight. . . . Robbins takes readers on a wild, delightful ride. . . . A delight from beginning to end.”Buffalo News.

“Dangerous? Wicked? Forbidden? You bet. . . . Pour yourself a bowl of chips and dig in.”Daily News, New York.

“Robbins is a great writer . . . and definitely a provocative rascal.”The Tennessean.

“Whoever said truth is stranger than fiction never read a Tom Robbins novel. . . Clever, creative, and witty, Robbins tosses off impassioned observations like handfuls of flower petals.”San Diego Union-Tribune

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Switters is a contradiction for all seasons: an anarchist who works for the government; a pacifist who carries a gun; a vegetarian who sops up ham gravy; a cyberwhiz who hates computers; a man who, though obsessed with the preservation of innocence, is aching to deflower his high-school-age stepsister (only to become equally enamoured of a nun ten years his senior).

Yet there is nothing remotely wishy-washy about Switters. He doesn’t merely pack a pistol. He is a pistol. And as we dog Switters’s strangely elevated heels across four continents, in and out of love and danger, discovering in the process the “true” Third Secret of Fatima, we experience Tom Robbins — that fearless storyteller, spiritual renegade, and verbal break-dancer — at the top of his game.

On one level, this is a fast-paced CIA adventure story with comic overtones; on another it’s a serious novel of ideas that brings the Big Picture into unexpected focus; but perhaps more than anything else, Fierce Invalids is a sexy celebration of language and life.

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