Don DeLillo's Zero K Arrives in Bookstores in May

Posted on April 25, 2016

Cover of Zero-K by Don DeLillo

Don Delillo's new novel, Zero K, will arrive in bookstores in May 2016. The novel was announced by publisher Scribner last November. It explores concepts of convergence and cryopreservation.

Zero K follows billionaire Ross Lockhart whose younger wife Artis Martineau has a terminal illness. Lockhart is a major investor in a company that does secretive advanced medical work where death is controlled and bodies are preserved until medical advances can restore individuals to improved lives. Lockhart hopes his wife can benefit from the emerging breakthrough science. She surrenders her body to "an uncertain farewell" at the company's medical compound. The story is told from the perspective of Lockhart's son Jeffrey.

DeLillo says the book and its characters are haunted by questions about death and fate: "We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn't it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?"

DeLillo is the winner of the National Book Foundation's 2015 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has also won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, and the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. His novels include Underworld, Falling Man, White Noise and Libra.

Zero K is avaiable for pre-order on

Photo: Scribner

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