From the acclaimed screenwriter of Echo Park comes a riveting novel of one man’s descent into madness as he comes down from a painful divorce and finds himself in the enchanted world of a zoo.
In this haunting tale of love and reconciliation, successful surgeon James Abbey is so tightly wound that he could have a nervous breakdown in the middle of a crowd, but no one would notice.
One day when James begins to hear voices in his head while at the zoo, he begins to fall into madness as his world unravels, stranding him in a realm of eerie luminosity. Though he recognizes he’s gone mad, James finds something irresistible about the new state of mind he’s found at the zoo, keeping him coming back.
Before long, a tiger signals him, a giraffe walks into a new dimension, chimpanzees demonstrate love, and a rare antelope shows how delicacy and dignity can survive in a harsh world. The Zoo Where You’re Fed to God provides an unforgettable look at the human truth that lies behind the mask of madness.
Michael Ventura is a novelist, screenwriter, film director, essayist, and cultural critic. He is the author of three novels including Night Time Losing Time, The Zoo Where You’re Fed to God, and The Death of Frank Sinatra.