So. I'm re-reading Tom McCarty's Remainder for my graduate seminar, and am reminded how amazing this novel is--I think it's going to be considered an extraordinarily important book when all's said and done, and in any event it is hugely entertaining and a major influence on the book I'm trying to write right now. And I've got McCarthy's new one, C, waiting in the queue for the moment the semester ends.
But what happened to Men In Space? This novel is not listed in the opening pages of C, and wasn't mentioned in the recent NYTBR review. If I'm not mistaken the reviewer referred to C as McCarthy's second book. Men In Space only seemed to come out in the UK, and at the moment (see link) it is listed as out of stock on Amazon.co.uk.
Out of stock? Really? Published in 2007, by a major author with a new novel out, and it's out of stock? I have a copy that I ordered from England, and must confess that I didn't get through it--at least not on my first sortie. But it is definitely the same guy--it employs the same photo as Remainder.
I shouldn't be confused--I am a guy who had a book that only came out in the UK myself, and that kind of disappeared in the wilds of lit obscura for a while, until it finally came out here last year. But McCarthy is different--he wrote a Big Book. You'd think this second novel would have come out here by now, one way or another.
Any insights, keepers of Lit Arcana?