David Foster Wallace’s posthumous novel, The Pale King, has got a cover (seen above) and a release date: April 15, 2011. The dust cover was designed by Wallace’s widow, Karen Green. It will be released by Little, Brown & Company.
It’s no coincidence that the book is being released on tax day, as the narrative is set in an Illinois tax-processing center in the mid-80’s.
“The Pale King may be the first novel to make accountants and IRS agents into heroes,” says Bonnie Nadell, Wallace’s longtime agent and literary executor. Michael Pietsch, Little, Brown’s publisher and The Pale King’s editor, says, “Wallace takes agonizing daily events like standing in lines, traffic jams, and horrific bus rides — things we all hate — and turns them into moments of laughter and understanding. Although David did not finish the novel, it is a surprisingly whole and satisfying reading experience that showcases his extraordinary imaginative talents and his mixing of comedy and deep sadness in scenes from daily life.”
So there you go.