Man in the Empty Suit

Man in the Empty Suit

Say you’re a time traveler and you’ve already toured the entirety of human history. After a while, the outside world might lose a little of its luster. That’s why this time traveler celebrates his birthday partying with himself. Every year, he travels to an abandoned hotel in New York City in 2071, the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and drinks twelve-year-old Scotch (lots of it) with all the other versions of who he has been and who he will be. Sure, the party is the same year after year, but at least it’s one party where he can really, well, be himself.

The year he turns 39, though, the party takes a stressful turn for the worse. Before he even makes it into the grand ballroom for a drink he encounters the body of his forty-year-old self, dead of a gunshot wound to the head. As the older versions of himself at the party point out, the onus is on him to figure out what went wrong–he has one year to stop himself from being murdered, or they’re all goners. As he follows clues that he may or may not have willingly left for himself, he discovers rampant paranoia and suspicion among his younger selves, and a frightening conspiracy among the Elders. Most complicated of all is a haunting woman possibly named Lily who turns up at the party this year, the first person besides himself he’s ever seen at the party. For the first time, he has something to lose. Here’s hoping he can save some version of his own life.

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Reviews of Sean Ferrell’s Man in the Empty Suit:

“A tour de force. Ferrell’s skill in plotting is matched only by his ability to bring fully-formed characters to life. A moving and brilliantly-executed puzzle of a novel.”

Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet

“Ferrell makes a strong case to be the Kurt Vonnegut of his generation. Man in the Empty Suit is alternately funny, sad, and thought-provoking…. I wish I could travel back in time and write this book myself.”

Andrew Shaffer, bestselling author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

“Man in the Empty Suit is a marvel: a complicated, soul searching, entirely riveting piece of work.”

Marcy Dermansky, author of Bad Marie

“Engaging and thought-provoking…It will also appeal to readers of Stephen King’s 11/22/63.”

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