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The Broom of the System
By Bonnie Nadell (contributor), Robert Boswell (contributor), William Kennick (contributor), Gerald Howard (contributor) and David Foster Wallace
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date May 1, 2004
Pages 480
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780142002421
ISBN-10 0142002429
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $17.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman, a switchboard operator for the Frequent and Vigorous Publishing Company, tries to cope with her great-grandmother's escape from a nursing home, her insanely jealous but not-too-passionate beau, and a cockatiel that spouts psycho-babble, Auden, and Bible quotations. A first novel. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Published when Wallace was just twenty-four years old, The Broom of the System stunned critics and marked the emergence of an extraordinary new talent. At the center of this outlandishly funny, fiercely intelligent novel is the bewitching heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore’s great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho-babble, Auden, and the King James Bible. Ingenious and entertaining, this debut from one of the most innovative writers of his generation brilliantly explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.

Editions
Hardcover
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from Viking Pr (January 1, 1987)
9780670812301 | details & prices | List price $18.95
About: Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman, switchboard operator for the Frequent and Vigorous Publishing Company, tries to cope with her great-grandmother's escape from a nursing home, her insanely jealous but not-too-passionate beau, and a cocatiel that spouts psycho-babble, Auden, and Bible quotations
Paperback
Book cover for 9780142002421 Book cover for 9780143129448 Book cover for 9780380719914 Book cover for 9780380730308
 
With David Foster Wallace | Reprint edition from Penguin Classics (September 6, 2016)
9780143129448 | details & prices | 480 pages | List price $18.00
This edition also contains The Broom of the System
About: Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperbackWinner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition   For the seventieth anniversary of Penguin Classics, the Penguin Orange Collection celebrates the heritage of Penguin’s iconic book design with twelve influential American literary classics representing the breadth and diversity of the Penguin Classics library.
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With Robert Boswell (other contributor), Bonnie Nadell (other contributor), Gerald Howard (other contributor), William Kennick (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Penguin USA (May 1, 2004)
9780142002421 | details & prices | 480 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $17.00
About: Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman, a switchboard operator for the Frequent and Vigorous Publishing Company, tries to cope with her great-grandmother's escape from a nursing home, her insanely jealous but not-too-passionate beau, and a cockatiel that spouts psycho-babble, Auden, and Bible quotations.
With Jennifer Gandhi (other contributor), Rubn Ruiz-rufino (other contributor) | from Avon Books (July 1, 1997)
9780380730308 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.00 × 1.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $6.99
This edition also contains Routledge Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions
About: Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman, switchboard operator for the Frequent and Vigorous Publishing Company, tries to cope with her great-grandmother's escape from a nursing home; her insanely jealous but not-too-passionate beau; and a cocatiel that spouts psycho-babble, Auden, and Bible quotations
Reprint edition from Avon Books (May 1, 1993)
9780380719914 | details & prices | 467 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $14.00
About: The publication of his virtuoso novel Infinite Jest confirmed David Foster Wallace as "one of the big talents of his generation" (The New York Times).
CD/Spoken Word
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With David Foster Wallace, Robert Petkoff (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Hachette Audio (June 1, 2010)
9781607883883 | details & prices | 5.25 × 5.75 × 1.50 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $29.98
This edition also contains The Broom of the System
About: The "dazzling, exhilarating" (San Francisco Chronicle) debut novel from the bestselling author of Infinite Jest, available for the first time as an audiobook.

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