The Normals

The Normals

Book - 2004
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To escape an unsatisfying existence and a collection agency, Billy Schine decides to participate in a pharmaceutical company's test of an experimental antipsychotic drug, but he soon discovers the drug's nasty side effects.

McMillan Palgrave

With the millennium fast approaching, twenty-eight-year-old Harvard-educated Billy Schine finds himself without prospects, a balled-up bit of litter riding the boom of New York in the nineties. His classmates make millions on Wall Street and the Internet while Billy makes do with a series of temp jobs. He has a girlfriend, Sally Hu, but they're more of a couple by romantic default, sex the only commodity they're willing to trade in. Time flows by without consequence until one day Billy receives a letter from Ragnar & Sons, a collection agency seeking some satisfaction on three years of unpaid student loans. Death is mentioned as an alternative to payment. Now every passerby is a potential hitman, and Billy has to flee. But where? Not home to his unwell parents. Providence delivers Hargrove Anderson Medical, a pharmaceutical company looking for perfectly healthy "normals" to participate in Phase I studies of their latest experimental drugs. Billy signs up for a fourteen-day trial of Allevatrox, a new atypical antipsychotic for the treatment of schizophrenia.

At first, little happens in the research center, the boredom punctuated only by twice-daily appointments with pills and needles. Within the group, battle stories are told from the healing fields of guinea pig, and Billy is pleased. He's rested and well-fed and possibly in love with the lone female in the study. Then the messy side effects hit, and everything changes. The normal world is turned upside-down, the real and unreal merging until spilled blood becomes the only proof of a beating heart.

Through the sharp-eyed, self-doubting Billy Schine, David Gilbert exposes the crisis of the contemporary human condition: how to connect? As funny as it is profound, The Normals is a tour de force from a writer of astonishing intelligence and imagination.



Blackwell North Amer
With the millennium fast approaching, twenty-eight-year-old Harvard-educated Billy Schine finds himself without prospects, a balled-up bit of litter riding the boom of New York in the nineties. His classmates make millions on Wall Street and the Internet while Billy makes do with a series of temp jobs. He has a girlfriend, Sally Hu, but they're more of a couple by romantic default, sex the only commodity they're willing to trade in.
Time flows by without consequence until one day Billy receives a letter from Ragnar & Sons, a collection agency seeking some satisfaction on three years of unpaid student loans. Death is mentioned as an alternative to payment. Now every passerby is a potential hit man, and Billy has to flee. But where? Not home to his unwell parents. Providence delivers Hargrove Anderson Medical, a pharmaceutical company looking for perfectly healthy "normals" to participate in Phase I studies of their latest experimental drugs. Billy signs up for a fourteen-day trial of Allevatrox, a new atypical antipsychotic for the treatment of schizophrenia.
The boredom of the research center is punctuated by twice-daily appointments with pills and needles. The normals trade battle stories from the healing fields of guinea pig, and Billy is pleased. He's rested and well fed and possibly in love with the lone female in the study. Then the messy side effects hit, and everything changes. The normal world is turned upside down, the real and unreal merging until spilled blood becomes the only proof of a beating heart.
Through the sharp-eyed, self-doubting Billy Schine, David Gilbert exposes the crisis of the contemporary human condition: how to connect?

Baker
& Taylor

Finding himself without prospects, trapped in a series of dead-end temp jobs and failed relationships, and faced with a collection agency's threats concerning some unpaid bills, Billy Schine accepts the opportunity to take part in a pharmaceutical company's tests of their new experimental drugs, but he soon discovers the drug's nasty side effects. A first novel. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, Holtzbrinck (distr.), c2004
ISBN: 9781582344560
1582344566
Branch Call Number: F GIL
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 25 cm

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