Short Century


"I’ve tried to stop thinking about Arthur Hunt, the unreliable memoirist and antihero of the thrillingly ambitious Short Century, but I can’t. Hunt’s outsized depredations—political, moral, sexual—are acutely satirized in this dark, funny, unflinching novel. David Burr Gerrard is a scarily clever young man, with a talent as subversively unforgettable as his artful creation."--Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch

"David Burr Gerrard's Short Century is one of the smartest, wittiest and most original novels I've read in a long time. With a dark humor reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh and Kingsley Amis and a playful intellectual energy all its own--as well as a surprisingly touching human story at its center--this deft, clever and thoroughly well-written book is riveting and a pleasure to read."--Adelle Waldman, author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

"I tore through Short Century. Gerrard is a very promising young writer and a sick SOB."--Spencer Ackerman, national security editor, The Guardian

"An astute and searing look at the political and cultural mores of the last fifty years--in all their savagery and good intentions."--Fiona Maazel, author of Last Last Chance and Woke Up Lonely

"In this audacious, ferociously funny novel, David Burr Gerrard shows us how easily our idealism and dearly held loyalties can lead us to dark places and even darker appetites. He creates an anti-hero who is both a tribute to and a take-down of Philip Roth's fictional creations and an embodiment of the unfulfilled promises of the American political and cultural scene. Subversive yet full of feeling, wicked yet somehow big-hearted, Short Century seems to balance on the edge of a knife."--Amy Grace Loyd, author of The Affairs of Others