The Readymade Thief (Large Print / Library Binding)

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I love books that make a reader question their sense of reality, and this is absolutely one. The story follows Lee, a troubled young fugitive, down a deep rabbit hole into a strange conspiracy revolving around renowned French artist Marcel Duchamp. Rose pulls the reader into the underbelly of Philadelphia, through dark tunnels and abandoned aquariums, into a world both shadowy and strange. This intriguing, addictive artistic thriller is almost impossible to put down.

— Jessamyn

August 2017 Indie Next List

“Much to the chagrin of my household, once I started this book I refused to put it down. I let my children fend for themselves while I walked along the Philly streets with Lee and Tomi, solving the age-old puzzle in the midst of which 17-year-old Lee has found herself. She has many of the same struggles and life choices to make as high school seniors across the country, but with a mysterious conspiracy thrown in. I love a book that is both well-written and completely absorbing. This is a great read for vacation, for a long plane ride, or for an escape while in the comfort of your own home.”
— Jessica Fowle, Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI

Winter 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List

“A story that starts out tracing a runaway turns into art history by way of the dark net. Combining unexpected genres and unforeseen twists in a highly original way, The Readymade Thief delights and entertains as well as informs. It circles the life and work of Marcel Duchamp, a French Dadaist famous for calling everyday objects (most notoriously a urinal) readymade art. It is not necessary to be familiar with Duchamp, but by the end you will want to read a biography and reread this book to discover how cleverly Rose includes references and puns referring to his work. The ending is perfect, which is all too rare in most fiction. This book is a literary delight.”
— Ann Carlson, Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC


Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run, alone on the streets of Philadelphia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683245377
ISBN-10: 1683245377
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Platinum Spotlight Series
Publication Date: October 1st, 2017
Pages: 500
Language: English