Aaron Thier’s caustic and sharp novel MR. ETERNITY is narrated by five different twenty-somethings around the New World at five moments in time (1560, 1750, 2013, 2200, 2500), all of whom worry about the same problems that besiege young people: loneliness, family trouble, drugs and alcohol, the feeling of not knowing what to do with their lives. Linking them is the affable, immortal Mr. Eternity—an ancient sailor called Daniel Defoe—who entangles himself in the lives of people he meets while searching across time for his lost love.

Set against an ever-changing ecological and temporal backdrop—from conquistadors and imaginary South American tribes to slavery, colonialism and lecherous mermaids—this adventure tale paints a picture of expansion and collapse, climate change and human vanity, and the poignant vulnerability of a species trying to satisfy infinite ambition and desire on a finite planet.

Aaron Thier’s first novel, THE GHOST APPLE (“Antic, darkly funny, and – like all the best satire – deadly serious beneath its surface…” – Andrea Barrett) was published by Bloomsbury in 2014. A regular contributor to The Nation and Lucky Peach, a graduate of Yale University and the MFA program at The University of Florida, Thier received an NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing this year.