From the author of MR. ETERNITY, THE WORLD IS A NARROW BRIDGE is a darkly comic road novel about a pair of millennial parents-to-be on a divinely ordained mission. Miami couple Murphy and Eva have almost decided to have a baby, when Yahweh, the Old Testament God, appears to Eva and makes an unwelcome demand: He wants her to be his prophet. He also wants her to manage his social media presence.
Yahweh sends the two on a wild road trip across the country, making incomprehensible demands and mandating arcane rituals as they go. He wants them to build a temple on top of a Florida landfill, to endure a period of Biblical wandering in the deserts of the Southwest, and to mingle at a Montana “summer camp for billionaires.” Hurtling through a national landscape of political chaos and environmental doom, Murphy and Eva search their surroundings for signs of a future they can have faith in. They also find allies, including a half cat/half dog named Fluffy 2, a coterie of elites who mistakes them for North Carolina society people, and Satan himself. Equal parts hilarious and poignant, THE WORLD IS A NARROW BRIDGE is a wickedly smart and oddly heartening love story for our times that asks: In an increasingly fractured world, what kind of hope can we pass on to the next generation?
Aaron Thier’s first novel, THE GHOST APPLE (a semifinalist for the 2015 Thurber Prize for American Humor) was published in 2014, with MR. ETERNITY (“…will be sizzling in my brain for a long time…”—Lauren Groff) following in 2015. A regular contributor to The Nation and Lucky Peach and a graduate of Yale University and the MFA program at The University of Florida, Thier received an NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing in 2016.