Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
Cover of American paperback (Perennial)
|Cover artist||Ruth Marten|
|Publisher||William Morrow & Company|
|3 June 2003|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|LC Class||PS3563.O594 F58 2003|
|Preceded by||Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal|
|Followed by||The Stupidest Angel|
Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings is the seventh novel by Christopher Moore. Published in 2003, it combines elements of absurdist and fantasy fiction, as well as the author's own brand of social commentary and humor. A serious theme in the novel involves environmentalism, particularly that associated with whales; and the author's personal research-experience with marine biologists helped to inform much of the story.
Nathan Quinn, a marine biologist, goes out on a routine day-trip expedition to survey whales in the area. When he photographs one of the whale's flukes, he notices that the words "BITE ME" are spelled out in huge letters on the mammal's tail-fin. His curiosity and investigations uncover one mystery after another as he seeks the answers concerning the source of this peculiarity.