Infinite Jest is the second novel by author David Foster Wallace, and was published in 1996. It is widely considered his most well-known and celebrated work.


Infinite Jest has many similarities and parallels with The Broom of the System.

  • Central families (Beadsmans in Broom; Incandenzas in Jest)
  • Estranged parents (Stonecipher III and Patrice; J.O.I and Avril)
  • Coincidences
  • Conspiracies, hidden or malicious plots
  • Playing with language
  • Jumps in time
  • Therapy
  • Potentially unreliable versions of historical events
  • Shifts in narrators
  • Deceptive doctors/counselors (Dr. Jay working for Lenore Sr.; J.O.I. as the professional conversationalist)
  • Underground plots to distribute something (the pineal gland drug in Broom; the Entertainment in? Jest)
  • Stories within stories (Rick’s stories; J.O.I.’s films)
  • Take place in the near future of an alternate-ish timeline
  • Childhood trauma (LaVache's birth in? Broom; J.O.I.'s death in Jest)
  • Main characters who question their reality/state of mind
  • Family members who only communicate with the main character (i.e. LaVanche and Lenore in Broom; Orin and Hal in Jest)
  • Sons who might have different fathers (i.e. LaVanche in Broom; Mario in Jest)
  • Heavy substance abuse
  • Powerful family companies
  • Substances altering the ability to communicate (i.e. Vlad the Impaler in Broom; Hal and the DMZ in Jest)
  • Extreme large-scale change in an environment (i.e. the G.O.D. in Broom; the "Great Concavity"/"Great Convexity" in Jest)