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TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS WELL is a wickedly funny, intelligent examination of the dynamics of a uniquely strange family, and David Samuel Levinson guides these characters through a plot that intensifies in such unexpected ways. Against a backdrop that feels both terrifying and yet utterly plausible, Levinson again and again finds ways to make the struggles of this clan explode with a kind of humor that most writers could not dream of pulling off. A daring, memorable novel.
— Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang
David Samuel Levinson’s TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS WELL is an absolute joyride through the dark, beautiful terrain of the near future. This is a book that is, arguably, about everything—about family and love and hatred and politics and the indomitable self, and Levinson tackles the whole thing with abundant intelligence, seriousness and humor, and convinces, once again, of the novel’s enduring power to grasp the future. Reading these pages is such a deep pleasure for the reader, to see these crystalline sentences pour forth, each one full of life and imagination. I loved this book, and will continue to read it.
— Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories
Like absolutely nothing I’ve read before, Levinson’s brilliantly unsettling, fiercely funny novel takes on both dangerous intolerance in the near-future world, and in the confines of one wildly destructive family, where ties tighten like nooses and kith and kin can become like warring political systems. Affecting and hilarious, and filled with dark truths that gleam like jewels. I totally loved it.
— Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World
TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS WELL is Cormac McCarthy’s The Road doing 70 mph in reverse on the 405. David Samuel Levinson’s dystopian vision is deeply strange in the best way, perverse and precise and teeming with life, reminiscent of George Saunders, Flannery O’Connor, Nathanael West. A comic novel firing on all cylinders, with one eye on the highway and the other to our future.
— Daniel Torday, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West