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The Contortionist's Handbook is the debut novel by novelist Craig Clevenger. John Dolan Vincent is a talented young forger with a proclivity for mathematics and drug addiction. In the face of his impending institutionalization, he continually reinvents himself to escape the legal and mental health authorities and to save himself from a life of incarceration.
But running turns out to be costly. Vincent's clients in the L. The novel's film rights were optioned by Greenestreet Films in Currently British filmmaker Miguel Sapochnik has been hired to direct the film based on a screenplay by Robin Shushan.
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The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger (2nd reading)
God I was looking forward to reading this again. I swear to God this is the best book I have read in easily five years. Maybe ten years. Life has dealt John Johnny Dolan Vincent a tough hand. It has also dealt him a left hand with a fully formed sixth finger. Johnny is a brilliant forger.
The Contortionist's Handbook
The term "cult" is liberally applied to novels, but can have myriad meanings. Some critics habitually bestow it on the sort of book that they may find interesting, but feel will best be appreciated by cooler, hipper and more rebellious souls than themselves and their peers. If one book is certainly destined for at least cult status, it's Texan writer Craig Clevenger's excellent debut novel, The Contortionist's Handbook. The creative team who filmed the memorable Donnie Darko quickly snapped up the film rights to a work that is just gagging for a big screen adaptation. The novel has a great deal going for it.