Oedipa Maas is made the executor of the estate of her late boyfriend, Pierce Inverarity. As she diligently carries out her duties, Oedipa is enmeshed in what would appear to be a worldwide conspiracy. In this highly original satire, Oedipa meets some extremely interesting characters, and attains a not inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge. The Crying of Lot 49 is both a literary and historical tour de force, including rock ’n ’roll singers, right-wing extremists, and the general subculture of Southern California.
, T. P. The Crying of Lot 49. Harper Perennial, 1966.