Enter the Aardvark (Compact Disc)
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Jessica Anthony’s third novel is an explosive combination of surrealism, humor and
politics. In a bold and unusual direction, the reader is pulled into the perspective of Alexander
Paine Wilson, Republican congressman, through a second person narrative. Meanwhile, in the
not-so-distant past, the life of Titus Downing, a taxidermist, is depicted via a third person limited
point of view. Surprisingly, these conflicting storytelling techniques do not create a jarring effect
at all; rather, the two viewpoints blend seamlessly to create a literary symphony. The narratives
echo one another and paint a complete picture for the reader.
At its heart, this is the story of the origin of a stuffed aardvark; however, it is also the
story of a man who comes to accept himself in an unaccepting world. It is a tragic love story,
hidden behind comedy and wit. Each sentence is filled with delicious biting comedy that will
enthuse readers to continue to the bittersweet end. The characters bloom to life on the page and
the unique narrative only adds to the experience. Life through the eyes of congressman Wilson is
a wild adventure that is worth revisiting. I laughed, I cried, and I highly recommend ‘Enter the
Aardvark’ by Jessica Anthony to anyone interested in politics, the absurdity of life, or to anyone
who has ever pondered where the soul goes after death.
April 2020 Indie Next List
“I’ve never read a novel quite like this one. The story connects two storylines, one revolving around the stuffing of an aardvark and the other around a repressed, Reagan-obsessed, Republican millennial congressman. What I loved most about this novel is that it’s kind of ridiculous (in a great way!) but it is also very poignant and leaves the reader changed by the end. Bravo, Jessica Anthony!”
— John McManus, Main Point Books, Wayne, PA