One: A Novel
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Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday (October 18, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
Book Reviewed by Robert Fleming
As one of the finest word craftsmen of his generation, Colson Whitehead has shown a high degree of imaginative skill and creativity, turning each genre inside out to meet his purposes. He never writes the same book over, improvising and tinkering within the boundaries of each fictional setting like a master jazz musician.
A MacArthur Fellow, Whitehead, a literary novelist with acclaimed six books to his credit, tackles the horror realm and the popular zombie fad with his latest book, Zone One. Influenced by horror wizards George Romero, Max Brooks, Stephen King, and David Wellington, the novel features Mark Spitz, an ordinary bloke who has survived the deadly "Last Night" event that has transformed the world population into a legion of walking dead, dodging chaos. The zombies or skels, a term often used by cops to describe perps, have overrun the earth with their bad flesh-devouring appetites and unruly behavior.