“Fascinating and hilarious,” “relentlessly clever,” and “truly haunting” are all phrases that have been used to describe David Schickler’s unique talent. And all apply to this brash, brilliant novel featuring two of the most memorable characters in contemporary fiction: Grace McGlone and Henry Dante.
Sexy and willful, Grace McGlone is saving herself for the right man. When Henry Dante pulls into the small Wisconsin town where she works at the car wash, she instantly knows he’s the one. He knows it too. But when Grace discovers Henry has “The Planets”—a stolen set of famous Spanish diamonds—stashed in the back seat of his truck, she’s having none of it. She’s “trying for heaven,” and the ill-gotten jewels must go. And so they do, in a race across the American landscape from Chicago to Yellowstone, purusued by a savage gangster obsessed by the diamonds he thought were his.
Passionate, criminal, comical, and possessing all the dark enchantment of a fairy tale, Sweet and Vicious is a modern love story shot straight from the heart of David Schickler’s miraculous imagination.
About the Author
DAVID SCHICKLER is a graduate of the Columbia University M.F.A. program. He is the author ofof Kissing in Manhattan, and his work has appeared The New Yorker, Tin House, Zoetrope: All Story, and Travel and Leisure. He lives with his wife in New York.
Praise for Sweet and Vicious…
“Sweet and Vicious is funny, cool, surprisingly and wonderfully violent, has great characters, a ridiculously beautiful love story, a perfect ending. Read it.”
--James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces
"Think Bonnie and Clyde as it might have been written by Tom Robbins"
"Schickler is a rare find... he mixes love, violence, ardor, and humor in this funny and heartbreaking modern-day fable."
--Booklist, starred review
“Schickler ambitiously follows his fantastic 2001 story collection Kissing in Manhattan with a precious fairy-tale version of a bloody pulp novel…Schickler spins sentences in a way that keeps you in your seat.”
"SWEET AND VICIOUS is impressive: it has a sharp wit and a sustained edge.... Mr. Schickler pierces straight through the everyday world with his deadpan vision."
--The New York Times
"A fun but thoughtful read for those who appreciate complicated collisions of opposites."