Debut author David Whitehouse's Bed (Scribner) carries some serious weight -- and not just because it tells the story of the bedridden fattest man in the world. It's a mix of intense, eccentric characters and the "merry revelry in the grotesque," as Whitehouse delves into the life story of the huge man to exhume his reasons for choosing a horizontal life.

The following trailer from Simon & Schuster captures the balance of tenderness and despair in Bed:

Bed is one of our top debut novels in our August issue. It comes out today! Will you be picking up a copy of Whitehouse's novel?

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