Love and Other Pranks, by Tony Vigorito(The following review of Love and Other Pranks was originally published in Asheville Grit. The review was written by Ali McGhee.)

 

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Tony Vigorito’s new novel, Love and Other Pranks, is just the time-traveling, reality-bending adventure story you’re looking for right now.

 

The Möbius strip, a surface with only one side, functions as one of the primary motifs in Tony Vigorito’s time-bending new novel, Love and Other Pranks. Put relatively simply, the novel presents us with a continuous love story in two times, as our protagonists—Crow and Flaming Jane in Storyline One, and Merlin and Lila in Storyline Two—try to overcome villainy from all sides, whether the source is a lipless pirate and his murderous band of thugs or a sociopathic cult leader who keeps his bodily residue in order to shake it all over his brainwashed true believers as proof of his miraculous nature (true story).
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Acclaimed for his surreal, satirical vision and his “consistently dazzling” (Kirkus Reviews) writing style, cult favorite Tony Vigorito stretches the boundaries of storytelling beyond all limits with his long-awaited third novel. A quest to find the treasure of all treasures launches this swashbuckling tale of romance and high adventure across three centuries and takes you on a hilarious and visionary journey that includes lovers, pirates, bank robbers, treasure maps, yoga cults, love potions, assassins, con artists, quicksand, smugglers, and rock-paper-scissors. Welcome to the “incomparable imagination” (Minneapolis Books Examiner) of a Tony Vigorito novel. And beware the meadow of marvels…

 

“A deeply original and satisfying book.”—Booklife"Opening with a satire of the Adam and Eve story, this book moves seamlessly back and forth between eighteenth century Caribbean pirates with a treasure map and twenty-first century San Franciscans contending with a false New Age prophet. The author controls these seemingly disparate scenarios with humor and panache, creating such memorable characters as a guardian parrot, a bumbling true believer, and a herd of cowbell-wearing bison somehow relocated to a tropical island. This is a deeply original and satisfying book." —Booklife

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Acclaimed for his surreal, satirical vision and his “consistently dazzling” (Kirkus Reviews) writing style, cult favorite Tony Vigorito stretches the boundaries of storytelling beyond all limits with his long-awaited third novel. A quest to find the treasure of all treasures launches this swashbuckling tale of romance and high adventure across three centuries and takes you on a hilarious and visionary journey that includes lovers, pirates, bank robbers, treasure maps, yoga cults, love potions, assassins, con artists, quicksand, smugglers, and rock-paper-scissors. Welcome to the “incomparable imagination” (Minneapolis Books Examiner) of a Tony Vigorito novel. And beware the meadow of marvels…

 

“A deeply original and satisfying book.”—Booklife"Opening with a satire of the Adam and Eve story, this book moves seamlessly back and forth between eighteenth century Caribbean pirates with a treasure map and twenty-first century San Franciscans contending with a false New Age prophet. The author controls these seemingly disparate scenarios with humor and panache, creating such memorable characters as a guardian parrot, a bumbling true believer, and a herd of cowbell-wearing bison somehow relocated to a tropical island. This is a deeply original and satisfying book." —Booklife

Love and Other Pranks

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It’s not easy being a redheaded pirate. The sun was merciless on Flaming Jane’s fair skin in the first place, and became all the more so when reflecting off the sea. Flaming Jane knew Providence was with her, however, when she happened to salvage a barrel of shea butter from a merchant ship on one of her earliest plunders. This—along with a collection of pirated parasols and a practice of war-painting their bodies flamboyant spectacular—sufficed for her sun protection.

 

Far more problematic than the sun, however, was the instant notoriety Flaming Jane’s red hair conveyed upon her. They could scarcely port anywhere without some seaman spying her sea-sprayed and tangled mane and recognizing her as the notorious Flaming Jane. Certainly, she could have shorn her flame of hair or taken care to hide it, but Flaming Jane was not one to capitulate to the dictates of lesser men. She embraced the epithet they dubbed upon her, and it only pleased her that the reward for her capture was twice and thrice that of far more successful buccaneers. Flaming Jane was no toothless and swill-sipping scoundrel, after all. She was an educated woman who defied her proper place as the property of her admiral husband who had kidnapped her from her village in Ireland, overthrowing his command and turning a stolen man-o’-war into a pirate ship full of runaway slaves, deserters, and other such ne’er-do-propers. Such matrimonial and nautical treachery could not go unpunished. Not in these imperial seas.

 


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Love and Other Pranks

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Though he obviously possessed the moxie somewhere within himself, Merlin was rarely so Casanova with women as he had been with Lila that Halloween, and was so that evening only because a couple of recently reunited matchmakers just in from New Orleans and costumed as an angel and a devil had earlier stepped in front of him, addressed him as Adam, handed him a bumper sticker upon which was printed the phrase ARGUE NAKED, and placed a little white pill impressed with a heart into his palm.
 
“What’s this?” Merlin inquired as he peered at the presumed tab of Ecstasy.
 


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Love and Other Pranks, by Tony Vigorito(The following interview was originally published on Reality Sandwich, and is exclusively about Tony’s third novel. A more general interview is available here.)
 
Spoiler Alert: In discussing his novel, Love and Other Pranks, the following interview necessarily reveals plot details. If you wish to be entirely surprised by the story, the reader is encouraged to enjoy the book first, and to read this interview as an Afterword.
 
Special thanks to performance philosopher and all-around renaissance artist Michael Garfield for his thoughtful questions.
 
Michael Garfield: Love and Other Pranks explores two parallel love stories set in different time periods. On the one side, it is a high-stakes caper set amidst the hedonism and hypocrisy of a New Age cult in modern-day San Francisco, while on the other side it is a mystical treasure hunt and swashbuckling pirate yarn set amidst the avarice and brutality of 18th-century Caribbean colonialism. Since it’s such a yin-yang of a book (or a Möbius strip), let’s start with a double question: How is love a form of piracy, or how is piracy a form of love?

 

Tony Vigorito: The pursuit of love—not just in the romantic sense, but also in the universal sense—is an act of rebellion of the highest order. In the same way that the archetypal pirate is both refugee from and revolutionary to their culture, love is a refuge from the sense of isolation and separateness that so agonizes the human experience – while also pointing the way toward a revolutionary expansion of human consciousness.

 

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Love and Other Pranks, by Tony Vigorito(The following review of Love and Other Pranks was originally published in San Francisco Book Review. The review was written by Lauren Stafford.)

 

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Come aboard, set sail, and lose yourself upon this non-stop, wild ride! Being equal parts intellectual, humorous, and utterly perplexing, Love and Other Pranks has become one of the best novels I have ever been fortunate enough to read. Tony Vigorito masterfully weaves together an infinitely looped tale of love, pirates, and wittiness that delights and mesmerizes from the very first page.
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Love and Other Pranks, by Tony Vigorito(The following review of Love and Other Pranks was originally published in Manhattan Book Review. The review was written by Romauld Dzemo.)

 

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Tony Vigorito’s Love and Other Pranks is a unique, dazzling novel that breaks the conventional rules of storytelling and takes readers to places that sound so familiar yet strange. The time setting of the work covers three centuries, a story that starts off with a brilliant satire of Adam and Eve — perhaps a hint of the marvel of what awaits the reader in the world of the book. The reader is immediately plunged into a fictional world with very compelling characters, vacillating between the eighteenth century with Caribbean pirates pursuing treasure maps and modern-day San Francisco brimming with elements of the New Age and post-modernity. This is a novel with a lot of entertainment, featuring assassins, lovers, “prophets,” and a lot more.
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Love and Other Pranks, by Tony Vigorito(The following review of Love and Other Pranks was originally published in Seattle Book Review. The review was written by J. Aislynn d’Merricksson.)

 

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Vigorito’s Love and Other Pranks is a dazzling dreamwalk illustrating some of the grandest spiritual and philosophical notions out there. It is an admonition to “wake up!” and recognize the illusions that cloud our minds daily, keeping us head-down and unable to enjoy the true fullness of life.

 

We follow two parallel timelines where similar events play out in the context of the culture and society of the era. In one, Merlin and Lila live in our modern world of fast cars, cell phones, and rampant consumerism. They meet at an illegal Halloween parade in San Francisco and immediately fall for one another. On the flip side are Crow and Flaming Jane, living during the great Age of Sail when pirates and privateers prowled the seas.
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