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Publish Date: January 2010
Orion You Came and You Took All My Marbles
BY Kira Henehan
Welcome to the off-kilter world of Finley, an investigator of indiscernible origins and prowess. Her assignment: the mysterious Professor Uppal and his puppets. The objective: impossible to say. But Finley is unassailable. She forges ahead with occasional assistance and hindrance from her colleagues Murphy, The Lamb, and Binelli, as well as the professor’s beautiful daughter and her sinister artiste boyfriend. In her meticulous and completely unbiased report, Finley tracks the investigation’s slow spiral back upon itself, as the clues she uncovers reveal questions that lead directly back to her own forgotten past.
Captivating and whimsical, idiosyncratic and deeply funny, Orion You Came and You Took All My Marbles finds inspiration in hard-boiled noir and the tortured quest of an existential inquiry. This novel marks the debut of a powerful, original voice.
"What if Nancy Drew grew up and lived in a bizarrely enigmatic film-noir world? That question is answered in this novel, where we meet Finley: a discerning, meticulous investigator working at a nameless agency. In this context, Henehan weaves a delicious plot of self-discovery as if in a dreamlike state. Each new development reveals a change in Finley’s own existence and resets the very world of the novel itself."—BUST
"In playfully measured prose, Henehan’s poignant farce evokes Beckett and her world is as funny and inventive as that of George Saunders, but her bold voice and tenderness make for something entirely original, entertaining, and well worth the read."—Booklist
"An impressionistic tale propelled by Henehan's gorgeously arch prose and a constant stream of droll humor. There's no doubt that Henehan is a talent."—Publishers Weekly
"Quirky wit and droll dialogue abound. Funny, fanciful, and kinetic, this work earns its place in any collection of experimental fiction."—ForeWord Reviews
"A rollicking fun read that tickles the brain."—Library Journal
"Kira Henehan wrote an awesome novel. Much of the novel’s playful charm comes from Henehan’s unwillingness to explain what, exactly, Finley is up to, but the very funny sleuthing will keep you reading as the investigation reveals glimpses of Finley’s former past."—GQ