The Broom of the System

A Novel
By David Foster Wallace (Audiobook, 2010)
The "dazzling, exhilarating" (San Francisco Chronicle) debut novel from the bestselling author of Infinite Jest, available for the first time as an audiobook.

At the center of The Broom of the System is the betwitching (and also bewildered) heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio, which sits on the edge of a suburban wasteland-the Great Ohio Desert. Lenore works as a switchboard attendant at a publishing firm, and in addition to her mind-numbing job, she has a few other problems. Her great-grandmother, a one-time student of Wittgenstein, has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau (and boss), editor-in-chief Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous. And her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psychobabble, Auden, and the King James Bible, which may propel him to stardom on a Christian fundamentalist television program.



Fiercely intelligent and entertaining, this debut novel from one of the most innovative writers of our generation explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.
  • Hachette Audio
    • Format: Audiobook

    • Price: $29.98 US/$35.98 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781607883883

    • On Sale Date: 06/01/2010

    • Publisher: Hachette Audio

    Formats Available: Audiobook, Audiobook

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The "dazzling, exhilarating" (San Francisco Chronicle) debut novel from the bestselling author of Infinite Jest, available for the first time as an audiobook.

At the center of The Broom of the System is the betwitching (and also bewildered) heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio, which sits on the edge of a suburban wasteland-the Great Ohio Desert. Lenore works as a switchboard attendant at a publishing firm, and in addition to her mind-numbing job, she has a few other problems. Her great-grandmother, a one-time student of Wittgenstein, has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau (and boss), editor-in-chief Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous. And her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psychobabble, Auden, and the King James Bible, which may propel him to stardom on a Christian fundamentalist television program.



Fiercely intelligent and entertaining, this debut novel from one of the most innovative writers of our generation explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.
  • "Daring, hilarious...a zany picaresque adventure of contemporary America run amok."  (The New York Times).



  • "Wonderful...a cathartic experience with lots of laughs and lots of deeper meanings." (The Washington Post Book World ).



  • "Dazzling...exhilarating...bizarre...sweepingly successful...engaging and haunting...a remarkable book with a lot of prestidigitation in it....Wallace's talent is consistently impressive."  (San Francisco Chronicle).

  • "Narrator Petkoff understands and delivers David Foster Wallace's slyly clever wit, guiding us through a complicated, sometimes convoluted, landscape with a varied cast of voices -- male, female and avian."

  • (Publishers Weekly).

Product Details

The Broom of the System
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $29.98 US/$35.98 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 1020
  • ISBN-13: 9781607883883
  • On Sale Date: 06/01/2010
The Broom of the System

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The Broom of the System