From the bestselling author of The Hundred-Year Flood comes an incredibly entertaining and profoundly affecting tour de force about a Korean American man’s strange and ordinary attempts to exist.
Matt Kim is always tired. He keeps passing out. His cat is dead. His wife and daughter have left him. He’s estranged from his adoptive family. People bump into him on the street as if he isn’t there.
He is pretty sure he’s disappearing. His girlfriend, Yumi, is less convinced. But then she runs into someone who looks exactly like her, and her doppelgänger turns out to have dated someone who looks exactly like Matt. Except the other Matt was superior in every way. He was clever, successful, generous, and beloved—until one day he suddenly and completely vanished without warning. How can Matt Kim protect his existence when a better version of him wasn’t able to? Or is his worse life a reason for his survival?
Set in a troubling time in which a presidential candidate is endorsed by the KKK and white men in red hats stalk Harvard Square, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear is a haunting and frighteningly funny novel about Asian American stereotypes, the desires that make us human, puns, and what happens to the self when you have to become someone else to be seen.
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“A remarkable, entertaining, disturbing achievement.” – Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer
“Like everything Matthew Salesses writes, this book grabbed me on page one and didn’t let go.” – Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know
“A brilliant, existential detective story in which the mystery is the truth of oneself. Disturbing in the best way.” – Mat Johnson, author of Pym
“Inventive and profound, mordantly hilarious and wildly moving. Matthew Salesses is one of my all-time favorite writers, and this is his most thrilling book to date.” – Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel
“An absolute masterpiece from a stunningly singular voice.” – Kirstin Chen, author of Bury What We Cannot Take
“This is a book of breathtaking depth and scope. A miraculous achievement.” – Catherine Chung, author of The Tenth Muse
“Salesses’s tale on the nature of existence triumphs with literary trickery.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“Original, creative, darkly humorous . . . Salesses has taken the idea of the Korean adoptee as a person from two places, with split nationality, identity, cultural background, and personality, and turned it upside-down.” – Korean Quarterly