“Cannibals in Love is a portrait of American life in its twilight years—bristling with humor and absurdity, rotten with longing. With tenderness and wit, Mike Roberts brings us a tragicomic ode to our millennium, crisper and more penetrating in retrospect.” —Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
Soulful, gritty, and hilarious, Cannibals in Love is the debut novel from a bold new voice in fiction, and a manifesto for the generation that came of age at the dawn of the twenty-first century.
Mike is about to graduate from college and inherit a world far different from the one he was promised. The World Trade Center has fallen, the Beltway Sniper terrorizes the nation’s capital, and a polarizing president pushes forward a dubious war. Shrinking the chaos of this new America into eighteen vignettes of ecstatic violence, maddening love, and a cascade of humiliating jobs, Cannibals in Love tracks Mike’s compulsive search for intimacy amid the bombardment of advertising, social media, and middle-class paranoia. At once connected and entirely dislocated, he roams from Washington, D.C., to Brooklyn, Portland, and Austin, taking us deep into the guts of identity and masculinity in the age of the Internet.
Like a carefully assembled mixtape, Mike Roberts’s Cannibals in Love weaves tender moments and summer idylls with violent late nights and the restless frustrations of youth, heralding the arrival of a searing new literary talent.
Mike Roberts is a novelist and screenwriter from Buffalo, New York. His first screenplay, King Kelly, premiered at the 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival, and his second, an adaptation of Brad Land’s memoir Goat, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Cannibals in Love is his first novel.
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