The Odyssey: A Novel by Lara Williams

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One of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of 2022

From the prize-winning author of Supper Club comes a wickedly funny and thought-provoking modern satire of one woman’s journey aboard a luxury cruise liner and her attempts to navigate its complex, absurd and ever-shifting world.

“Deliciously unpredictable” —Mateo Askaripour, author of Black Buck

Ingrid works on a gargantuan cruise ship where she spends her days reorganizing the gift shop shelves and waiting for long-term guests to drop dead in the aisles. On her days off, she disembarks from the ship, wasting the hours aimlessly following tourists around, drinking the local alcohol, and buying clothes she never intends to wear. It’s not a bad life. At least it distracts her from thinking about the other life—the other person—she left behind five years ago.

That is, until the day she is selected by the ship’s enigmatic captain and (ill-informed) wabi-sabi devotee, Keith, for his mysterious mentorship program. Encouraging her to reflect on past mistakes and her desperation to remain lost at sea, Keith pushes Ingrid further than she ever thought possible. But as her friendships and professional life onboard steadily fall apart, Ingrid must ask herself: how do you know when you have gone too far?

Utterly original, mischievous, and stylish, The Odyssey is a merciless takedown of consumer capitalism, workplace culture, and our anxious, ill-fated quests to find something to believe in. It’s a voyage that will lead our heroine all the way home, even though she will do almost anything to avoid getting there.

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One of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of 2022

From the prize-winning author of Supper Club comes a wickedly funny and thought-provoking modern satire of one woman’s journey aboard a luxury cruise liner and her attempts to navigate its complex, absurd and ever-shifting world.

“Deliciously unpredictable” —Mateo Askaripour, author of Black Buck

Ingrid works on a gargantuan cruise ship where she spends her days reorganizing the gift shop shelves and waiting for long-term guests to drop dead in the aisles. On her days off, she disembarks from the ship, wasting the hours aimlessly following tourists around, drinking the local alcohol, and buying clothes she never intends to wear. It’s not a bad life. At least it distracts her from thinking about the other life—the other person—she left behind five years ago.

That is, until the day she is selected by the ship’s enigmatic captain and (ill-informed) wabi-sabi devotee, Keith, for his mysterious mentorship program. Encouraging her to reflect on past mistakes and her desperation to remain lost at sea, Keith pushes Ingrid further than she ever thought possible. But as her friendships and professional life onboard steadily fall apart, Ingrid must ask herself: how do you know when you have gone too far?

Utterly original, mischievous, and stylish, The Odyssey is a merciless takedown of consumer capitalism, workplace culture, and our anxious, ill-fated quests to find something to believe in. It’s a voyage that will lead our heroine all the way home, even though she will do almost anything to avoid getting there.

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