Linda Perdido, the story of the antisocial Linda Perdido told by her well-behaved sister Qua, is a memoir like no other.
Set in a vast and unknown region in the Midwest, Mac Wellman’s Linda Perdido chronicles the lives of two sisters: Linda and Qua Perdido. Linda is bad, acting out every antisocial impulse she has and then some; Qua is good but comes to hate her sister, though she chooses to write a memoir about her, thus Linda Perdido.
Their lives are complicated by many figures, among them the Traveler, a lonely man who follows the migration patterns of a strange bird, the Perdido Macaw; the Counter-Terrorist, who gets his facts wrong and cannot decipher the ominous chatter; a FedEx delivery man, Donn Morocco, who loses his mind after his truck is stolen by the rampaging Linda. These and others meet and complicate each other’s lives, often ruinously, culminating at what will become Ground Zero on the day before the attacks.
"He is James Joyce reborn as a rap artist."—Mel Gussow, New York Times
"What Wellman does best [is] approach the mystery of things without succumbing to the mute darkness."—Charles McNulty, Village Voice
"Wellman is our latter-day Brecht, providing the Verfremdung, the 'making strange' that makes us see what has been before us all along."—Marjorie Perloff, author of Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New Century