“Herman Melville, Volume 1”
by Victor Lodato
from the March 27, 2017 issue of The New Yorker

A couple of weeks ago, Victor Lodato’s second novel, Edgar and Lucy was published. A few days ago, his short story “The Tenant” was shortlisted for the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. It’s been a good month for Lodato, and now we get some more of his fiction in The New Yorker. A couple of Lodato’s stories have shown up in The New Yorker over the past few years and we’ve liked them a lot (you can read our responses to “P.E.” here and to “Jack, July” here).

From Lodato’s interview with Cressida Leyshon (here), it appears that this is a story about a young couple drifting around Oregon. “Herman Melville, Volume 1” is the title of a hefty book they’re carrying in a backpack. I’m definitely interested to see how his contemporary exploration of drifters ties in with Herman Melville and, I hope, Moby-Dick.

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