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Enter the Aardvark
Enter the Aardvark | Jessica Anthony
18 posts | 8 read | 9 to read
A young congressman discovers a mysterious stuffed aardvark on his doorstep and sets out on a rip-roaring journey to find out what it means in this "weird, wonderful, and very much of the moment" (Esquire) novel about the secrets we keep from ourselves and their history-shaping consequences. It's early one morning on a hot day in August, and millennial congressman Alexander Paine Wilson (R), planning his first reelection campaign and in deep denial about his sexuality, receives a mysterious, over-sized FedEx delivery on his front stoop. Inside is a gigantic taxidermied aardvark. This outrageous, edge-of-your-seat novel hurtles between contemporary Washington, D.C., where Wilson tries to get rid of the unsightly beast before it destroys his career, and Victorian England--where we meet Titus Downing, the taxidermist who stuffed the aardvark, and Richard Ostlet, the naturalist who hunted her. Our present world, we begin to see, has been shaped in profound and disturbing ways by the secret that binds these men. At once a ghost story, a love story, and a stunningly prescient political satire, Enter the Aardvark confronts the consequences of repressed male love meeting oppressive male power, and is a searing condemnation of our current American blindness. It is also that rarest of creatures: a work of art so utterly original and masterfully built that it seems to have spring fully formed from its visionary maker's head.
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Hooked_on_books
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My first #aardvark box has arrived and what a pretty box it is! Plus it arrived sooner than I expected, which is always a pleasant surprise and particularly so this time of year. I‘ve been disappointed by a couple book clubs recently, so it‘s nice to have my expectations exceeded!

Librariana Agree that it is quite a pretty box and the book covers are as well! It's all quite complimentary 💜 1mo
swishandflick Their customer service is the best I've ever seen with a book club too! 1mo
Hooked_on_books @swishandflick That‘s so good! I‘m really tired of bad book club customer service, which I have just encountered too many times. 1mo
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swishandflick
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Gahhhh, look who's joined us!! Everybody welcome and follow @AardvarkBookClub ❤️ #aardvark

AardvarkBookClub Ahhh thanks for the shoutout! Very fun to checkout another bookish service 💃🔥 3mo
swishandflick @AardvarkBookClub Just so glad to see y'all on Litsy!! 👏🏽 2mo
AardvarkBookClub @swishandflick 🥰😘❤️ 2mo
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swishandflick
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After seeing their post about people being cruel about shipping delays, I responded to the email to let them know how much I loved my first box and that I wasn't going anywhere! I also plugged Litsy and told them BOTM has never joined us over here. This was their response ❤️ #Aardvark

AardvarkBookClub Hey hey hey 😄👋 3mo
AardvarkBookClub We‘re exploring it now and loving it so far! 🫶 3mo
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Centique Welcome to Litsy! @AardvarkBookClub 3mo
marleed Oh cool! 3mo
Eggs Welcome @AardvarkBookClub 🥳🥳 2mo
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swishandflick
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A note from the #Aardvark team on shipping delays! Am I the only one who's unbothered? They're a start-up, so I feel like some grace is necessary, personally. And it isn't like I don't have a million unread books staring me in the face in the meantime 😂

MicheleinPhilly “Hateful or threatening messages”? Good grief, people need to get a grip. It‘s books, not life-saving pharmaceuticals. 🙄 God, I hate people. 3mo
swishandflick @MicheleinPhilly Right?! I thought the same thing. I sent an email just to say I loved my first box and that they're doing great. It always takes start ups a little time to adjust, so I don't get the hate. I also told them about Litsy, I'd love to see them on here since BOTM never has. (edited) 3mo
MicheleinPhilly People are seriously unhinged. Beginning to think the bunker crowd has the right idea. Full of my books, naturally. ☺️ 3mo
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jdiehr I'm totally unbothered! It gives me time to catch up on other reading. I feel bad for the ugly messages they refer to. 3mo
Aims42 Your reaction and the comments here just make me feel so happy and relieved there are still good humans out there! 🥰🥰🥰 3mo
swishandflick Gotta love our Litsy fam! @jdiehr @Aims42 3mo
Aims42 @swishandflick @jdiehr @MicheleinPhilly YES! 100% agree that the Litsy fam is the best 💗💗💗💗 3mo
vlwelser Completely unbothered. Still reading my October pick, actually. 3mo
BrittanyReads I feel the same. I'm not troubled by the delay and appreciate them owning up to their issues. 3mo
DGRachel I saw the story on Instagram and was heartbroken. I don‘t subscribe, but I almost feel like I need to even if I don‘t care for any of the book selections to counteract hateful people. I just do not understand why people can‘t be kind. It costs you nothing to pause, breathe, think about your words, and choose kindness. 3mo
lele1432 I don‘t understand the hate at all. It‘s a tough business and a million times harder for a start up! I have soooo many books I need to read lol. 3mo
Breanne1 I felt the same way!!! I‘ll just have to read one of the hundreds of books in my TBR pile 😂🤣😂 Poor Aardvark!!! 3mo
marleed Oh geez, I feel compelled to subscribe now! 3mo
Megabooks Same! I hate that people are being mean. If you‘re enough of a reader to join a startup book club, you have other books!! 3mo
DogMomIrene Doesn‘t bother me. I haven‘t read the first two books they sent. I‘m always behind on my reading. I subscribed to add more diversity to my TBR. 3mo
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TheBigRedBookBox
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BOTM just got some competition

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swishandflick
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This prompt from #Aardvark is kind of fun, not that I have a happy love life to report, unfortunately.

So mine would probably be either:
- Must Love Cats
- Swiping Right: A Horror Story

What about you? 😂

BookedBySunrise The Girl Who Just Wanted to be Loved One Day! 4mo
marleed It Was Good While It Lasted 4mo
marleed Or maybe …. It Was Good and then It Was Gone 4mo
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Kerrbearlib The Things We Don‘t Talk About 4mo
swishandflick @MoBee You and me both girl! 4mo
swishandflick @marleed Awww *hugs* 4mo
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swishandflick
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Folks on Instagram have been commenting on the lack of diversity in Aardvark's first month of books and this was their response (personally I think it's a good one). As a fledgling company, I hope folks give them a chance to get up and running before casting judgement! (I feel like i'm starting to become the #Aardvark fan club captain on Litsy 😂)

marleed That is a wonderful response to criticism. 4mo
BarbaraBB I am happy with you as their ambassador! 4mo
DogMomIrene I‘m thrilled you‘re their unofficial ambassador! I‘ve been limiting my social media time, so I just learned about Aardvark yesterday and signed up for their updates. I‘m hoping people give them a chance to get up and running too. They ship to Canada! So many subscription boxes either don‘t or charge a lot. Come on Tim Apple😉 4mo
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swishandflick @marleed I agree! Feels genuine too 👏🏽 4mo
swishandflick @BarbaraBB Haha, yay! I'm not even an official member yet since I'm an Apple user, but I have a really good feeling about them and just wanting to spread the word 😆 4mo
swishandflick @DogMomIrene Totally agree! While us Apple folks have to wait a bit longer, their October picks are in my last post if you want a heads up before the iOS app goes live! 💕 4mo
Hooked_on_books I think theirs is a great response! People are so quick to criticize without having all the information, and this response does a beautiful job of showing how much more complex things can be than people realize. 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence I agree. Nice way to address it and hopefully they come through in the winter. 4mo
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swishandflick
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This #Aardvark social post made me laugh. Apparently the only thing they're waiting on before launch is their apps to be approved. I personally don't mind the wait, I'm excited for BOTM to have a little competition and to see how this goes! 👏🏽

Jemgirl2014 I just used my old Samsung Note to sign up and order. lol I got “The Swamp Queen”. The book was a little more than what I would have paid with BOTM. I will probably buy from this club sparingly. We shall see. 😊 4mo
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swishandflick
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PSA: there's a new book club subscription service on the way! The concept seems very similar to #BOTM, 4-5 picks each month, etc (although this one's available for Canada peeps, FYI!). I'll be interested to see what kind of picks they offer, and why they chose the name Aardvark, haha.

What do you think? Is anyone's interest piqued? #Aardvark

KristiAhlers I‘m always down to explore stuff like that. You had me at books 🤣 5mo
JamieArc It looks like BOTM is going to be expanded to include Canada. In a fb group, someone posted a forthcoming announcement that had Canadian images. Did you see that? 5mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 5mo
swishandflick @JamieArc I hadn't seen that yet! But it wouldn't surprise me, they've had people begging for Canada access for a long time. 5mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks for sharing! I've joined their mailing list so I can check it out once they're up & running. 5mo
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JoyBlue
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This farce unfolds in present-day Washington, DC, and Victorian England. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#enter-the-aardvark

CarolynM Glad to hear you liked it too 🙂 12mo
JoyBlue @CarolynM 😀 12mo
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stretchkev
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Panpan

Supposed to be a cutting political satire. More a collection of tired clichés about politics told in a provocative way.

Some interesting tidbits about aardvarks', so no at all bad.

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Kanarthi
Enter the Aardvark | Jessica Anthony
Mehso-so

A blistering, hilarious start with incisive character portraits slowly slid into slightly preachy mediocrity. Worth a read for the details and surprises, but brace yourself for a disappointing whiff of an ending which wrapped up the concerns of its main characters too tightly. I was left without strong emotions except, of course, a new but deep affection towards aardvarks.

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CarolynM
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This is a weird one but I enjoyed the ride. It is viciously satirical but also just really f***ing sad. I liked the clever use of dual time lines and the juxtapositions of the self images of the 19th and 21st century caharacters. I'd like to think Representative Alexander Paine Wilson (R) is too much of a caricature to be convincing except too much rang true. Have you read this one @Reggie ? You might like it.

Reggie I have not but I‘ll put it on my list for my Pride month reading. ‘A ghost story, a love story, and political satire.‘ Lol sure why not. 2y
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BookishMarginalia
Enter the Aardvark | Jessica Anthony
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A random #shelfie for pandemic times

Clare-Dragonfly Piranesi is February‘s selection for one of my book clubs! 2y
Soubhiville I‘m about halfway through Cassidy Holmes right now. 🙂 2y
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Victoria6
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Book #50: Somehow I read two books this month about gay taxidermists.

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AlexGeorge
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Delightfully weird and different. I don‘t know that, as a satire, it precisely hit its targets, but it was hugely enjoyable.

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AlexGeorge
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Weirdly, another novel about taxidermy (after MOSTLY DEAD THINGS), but that‘s OK. It‘s brilliantly written and very good. Enjoying it hugely. Or bigly.

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Herschelian
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Panpan

I thought, from what i‘d read about it that this was going to be a clever, very funny satire of US politics. I didn‘t laugh once - in fact I hardly even smiled. Satire? Seriously?