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The Imperative Mood

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

The Imperative Mood

Padgett Powell

Padgett Powell moves from the interrogative to the imperative mood in this exclusive short

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9781847658876 (24 May 2012)

About the book

Whatever floats your boat, go ahead and float it. Do not have large untenable quantities of despair. Do not go to parades. When you feed orphaned wild animals, do not expect them to make it. Be forewarned. Be careful that your genitals do not show outside the strict confines of your underwear. Learn at least three racquet games during your lifetime.

In this brand new short, Padgett Powell takes the reader on a completely new kind of journey. Just as The Interrogative Mood was stubbornly memorable and persistently illuminating, The Imperative Mood is surprising, funny, sneakily cumulative, charming, and artful. As well as just a little bit bossy.

The imperative is darker than the interrogative mood, we learn.

About the author

Padgett Powell is a novelist who has taught writing at the University of Florida for over thirty years. His books include his dazzling first novel Edisto and most recentlyThe Interrogative Mood.


Praise for The Interrogative Mood: 'Is this the most bloody-mindedly brilliant new work of fiction I have read this year? Why? Who's asking? Could you stop that please?

- Steven Poole, Guardian

Lyrical, profound, heartbreaking and fantastically funny, it becomes, as the questions pile up, a compendious and intimate portrait of the questioner

- Sunday Times

Gradually enthralls with its kaleidoscopic interrogation of personality, morality and life itself

- Sunday Telegraph

An intriguing follow-up to The Interrogative Mood

- Anna Baddeley, Observer

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction