Key West, 2016. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying. In short, everything is going to hell. It is here that two young filmmakers, propelled by drugs and irony, find something to believe in: a five hundred and sixty year old sailor who calls himself Daniel Defoe. In Mr. Eternity, novelist Aaron Thier recounts the ancient mariner’s incredible, eternal life in a genre-bending page-turner that spans one thousand years of high-seas adventure, environmental and cultural catastrophe, and enduring love.
“With symbolism and analogy, surrealism and fantasy, Thier deftly reflects on and explores the human condition through ‘the lavender light and sweet scented dust of history.’ Erudite. Imaginative. A work to be read slowly and savored.” – Kirkus Reviews on Mr. Eternity
“Only a writer as wickedly smart as Aaron Thier would think to write such a twisted and wild story about Florida and climate change and time-battered Daniel Defoe; only Aaron Thier could pull it all off with such aplomb and in such gleeful and spiny language. Mr. Eternity will be sizzling in my brain for a long time.” – Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies
“The combination of vivid inventiveness at the sentence level, and wide-ranging vistas across the centuries, makes this novel a joy to read. Daniel Defoe himself would have loved this book.” – Kim Stanley Robinson, author of The Mars Trilogy