Ted Heller’s brazen, often hilarious and always disturbing new novel, Pocket Kings, is a hybrid love letter and suicide note to 21st-century publishing. . . an illuminating and fully realized story about identity and reputation in the digital age.” — Washington Post Book World

A strange sensation crept into me while I was reading Ted Heller’s new novel Pocket Kings and then I realized what it was: enjoyment.” — James Wolcott, Vanity Fair

Heller’s novel about a failed writer offers an unlikable protagonist, vivid writing and a comic depiction of our most disgraceful inner states.” —The New York Times Book Review [an Editors’ Choice selection]

A satire with something for everyone. . . all wrapped up in smart literati humor and urban savvy.” — Washington Independent Review of Books

Laugh-out-loud funny . . . There is a certain Everyman quality to Frank, whose hopes gradually fade away but whose self-deprecating humor helps carry him through his midlife angst and denial of addiction; you want to wish him well." — Booklist


Heller’s follow-up to his debut is a masterpiece of comic invention.” — The Guardian

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