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Publisher's Summary

From the award-winning author of Bubblegum and The Instructions, a daring new novel about the absurdity, the humor, and the tragedy of survivorship.

"Adam Levin is one of our wildest writers and our funniest."–George Saunders, bestselling, award-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo 

A one-in-ten-billion natural disaster devastates Chicago. A Jewish comedian, his most devoted fan, and the city’s mayor must struggle to move forward while the world—quite literally—caves beneath their feet. With this polyphonic tale of Chicago-style politics and political correctness, stand-up comedy and Jewish identity, celebrity, drugs, and animal psychology, Levin has constructed a monument to laughter, love, art, and resilience in an age of spectacular loss.

*Includes a downloadable PDF of images from the book

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2022 Adam Levin (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Mount Chicago is a bawdy, mournful, deeply funny, metafictionally ingenious, psychotic, ridiculous and majestic shaggy dog joy. When Levin leads the way, every rabbit hole is a glory hole for the mind, and a secret tunnel to provisional bliss and permanent wisdom. Also recommended for parrot lovers.”—Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask 

"A vast new Chicago novel with the satire and raunchy pulse reminiscent of old-school Roth or Bellow."–Chicago Tribune 

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great voice

loved it... smart, witty and beautiful, great character development, and truly excellent storytelling, plus good meta stuff

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I was expecting a bit more from this author, especially after last novel, Bubblegum, which was fantastic in every way. Mount Chicago, on the other hand, is just mediocre. There's just not much to get excited about here. That being said, I didn't listen to the entire thing, which is over 20 hours long, and sections of this novel are very entertaining. Also, it peters out towards the end, unfortunately. I probably expect too much from this guy, as he's one of my favorite authors. Still, it's a decent read/listen.

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Absurd Metafiction for Those with Patience

Whoa boy. I get that Levin is writing out of a tradition of absurdist literature, but this novel was a trial to get through. Somewhere through all the extended ramblings and shaggy dog stories, the depreciating Jewish humor, and the obnoxious main characters lies a worthy story, but you really have to dig for it. If all you care about is bloviating monologs, and characters who take way too many drugs and focus intensely on minutiae, and stories within stories within stories that add up to nothing, have at it.

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Really great reading holds it together. The story is 70% tangent and 10% story. Loved most of it

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