The Wallcreeper

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Author: Nell Zink

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dorothy, a publishing project; First Edition edition (October 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989760715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989760713
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 7.1 inches


“Nell Zink’s heady and rambunctious debut novel . . . moves at breakneck speed . . . Wake up, this book says: in its plot lines, in its humor, in its philosophical underpinnings and political agenda. I’ll pay it the highest compliment it knows ― this book is a wild thing.” NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"Zink’s debut novel doesn’t need a celebrity blurb...Its premise is so good it endorses itself..." WIRED

“Peppered with witty one-liners, Zink’s portrayal of a young American couple that moves to Europe is strange, hilarious, and utterly captivating.” HARPERS BAZAAR

“A brief yet masterful novel of epic breadth.” KIRKUS REVIEW (STARRED REVIEW)

“Zink’s debut novel is a weird, funny, sad, and sharp story of growing up. . . . the introduction of an exciting new voice.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)

“Nell Zink might be the best living writer you haven’t heard of yet, but prepare to hear her name a lot.” PAPERMAG

“A strange, funny, super-engaging book.” BUSTLE

“A manic, heartfelt, intellectual novel about an American couple living in Europe, The Wallcreeper is one of the best books of the year.” FICTION ADVOCATE

“It’s a major debut, one that proves its author is gifted, strangely and beguilingly, with no shortage of honesty and eloquence.” FLAVORWIRE


Nell Zink was born in 1964 in southern California and grew up in rural Virginia. She attended Stuart Hall School and the College of William and Mary, where she majored in philosophy. Rather late in life she got a doctorate in Media Studies from the University of Tübingen, Germany. She works as a translator for Zeitenspiegel Reportagen and lives in Bad Belzig, south of Berlin. This is her first book.