Linda Perdido, the story of the antisocial Linda Perdido told by her well-behaved sister Qua, is a memoir like no other.Set in a vast and unknown region in the Midwest, Mac Wellman's Linda Perdido chronicles the lives of two sisters: Linda and Qua Perdido. Linda is bad, acting out every antisocial impulse she has and then some; Qua is good but comes to hate her sister, though she chooses to write a memoir about her, thus Linda Perdido. Their lives are complicated by many figures, among them the Traveler, a lonely man who follows the migration patterns of a strange bird, the Perdido Macaw; the Counter-Terrorist, who gets his facts wrong and cannot decipher the ominous chatter; a FedEx delivery man, Donn Morocco, who loses his mind after his truck is stolen by the rampaging Linda. These and others meet and complicate each other's lives, often ruinously, culminating at what will become Ground Zero on the day before the attacks.
Mac Wellman is Distinguished Professor of Play Writing at Brooklyn College, USA and the recipient of three Obies. He is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Foundation of Contemporary Arts. He is the author of the novel Q's Q: An Arboreal Narrative, the story collection A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds, and the collection of plays The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: Nine New Plays. His poetry collections include Miniature, Strange Elegies, and Left Glove.