When a college graduate with a history of hapless jobs (ice cream scooper; gift wrapper; laziest ever part-time clerk at The Pet Library) reads Robert Louis Stevenson's vel Treasure Island, she is dumbstruck by the timid design of her life. When had she ever dreamed a scheme? When had she ever done a foolish, overbold act? When had she ever, like Jim Hawkins, broke from her friends, raced for the beach, stolen a boat, killed a man, and eliminated an obstacle that stood in the way of her getting a hunk of gold? Convinced that Stevenson's book is cosmically intended for her, she redesigns her life according to its Core Values- boldness, resolution, independence and horn-blowing. Accompanied by her mother, her sister, and a hostile Amazon parrot that refuses to follow the script, our heroine embarks on a domestic adventure more frightening than anything she'd originally planned. Treasure Island!!! is the story of a ferocious obsession, told by a new utterly original voice. It is intelligent, perverse, funny, relentlessly self- extricating, and merciless in its vivisection of family dynamics in today's America. 'Treasure Island!!! Is a thoroughly original and unforgettable work - hilarious and troubling in exactly equal parts . . . Reading it will make the time fly delightfully by. I recommend you do so at once.' Karen Joy Fowler 'Sara Levine is an acute observer of suburban family life and her voice is a wild ride; rocket-fast and all wit with real insight tucked inside the zingers.' Aimee Bender 'Had Grace Paley spent her youth hanging out with Larry David, listening to the Ramones, and reading Stanley Elkin, she'd have probably written something like Treasure Island!!! It's fast-paced and intimate, as warm at its center as its surface is mean, and funny, funny, funny. I loved it. By the end of next week, I'll have read it three times.' Adam Levin 'Sara Levine has a gift for being outrageous and hilarious. Is there thing sacred, has she shame? Apparently t, thank heaven.' Phillip Lopate 'What an awesome book . . . Levine captures something at the core of the yearning we all have, especially today. Truly funny, joyous, unexpected, n-obvious - and wrong in all the right ways. A blast.' David Wain
Sara Levine teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, Nerve, Conjunctions, Necessary Fiction, Sonora Review, and other magazines. She won a 2008 Bridport Prize for Fiction, a Special Mention in The Pushcart Anthology, and three citations in The Best American Essays. Her writing has been anthologized in Best of Fence: The First Nine Years and The Touchstone Anthology of Creative Nonfiction: 1970 to the Present.