The Crying of Lot 49 (Paperback)
Oedipa Mass finds herself in quite a predicament, with the passing of her ex-boyfriend Pierce Inverarity, a real estate developer. Following the threads of his investments leads the entire tapestry of her life to unravel, with all signs seamingly pointing to W.A.S.T.E., an organization waiting for the return of a pre-industrial postal service If it sounds absolutely insane, it is, but the colorful--to put it lightly--cast of characters and the symbolism of each and every incident make the misadventures of Oedipa an entertaining read.— From Postmodern Sampler Platter
Thomas Pynchon's classic post-modern satire, which tells the wonderfully unusual story of Oedipa Maas, first published in 1965.
When her ex-lover, wealthy real-estate tycoon Pierce Inverarity dies and designates her the co-executor of his estate, California housewife Oedipa Mass is thrust into a paranoid mystery of metaphors, symbols, and the United States Postal Service. Traveling across Southern California, she meets some extremely interesting characters, and attains a not-inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge.