Does the name Reif Larsen ring a bell? If not be patient. We’re predicting in the months and years to come he will become a household name.
Larsen’s own story is almost as amazing as the one he has created in the pages of his debut novel. He was born the son of 2 artists. His father taught print making at Harvard. He, himself, toured throughout his youth as an improv performer prior to enrolling in the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia. Upon convocation he landed one of the most desirable agents in the literary world which sparked a bidding war for his debut novel. That novel reportedly fetched nearly one million dollars – a feat unheard of in this day and age for a new author. The book went on to be a National Bestseller and is long listed for the Guardian First Book Award.
The novel itself is about a preteen cartographer who rides the rails from his ranch in Montana to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. The tale is incredible clever and rich with wit and humour. It’s margins are decorated with Spivet’s illustrations, maps, and footnotes. The book itself is a work of art. The narrative bridges Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, and Kurt Vonnegut. The plot begs to be adapted to a Wes Anderson film.
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet is also accompanied by a dynamic website, a series of illustrated t-shirt, and a “hobo hotline” (1-308-535-1598).