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By Keith Gessen

ISBN-10: 0143114778

ISBN-13: 9780143114772

A unique of affection, disappointment, wasted formative years, and literary and highbrow ambition-"a wincingly humorous debut" (Vogue) Keith Gessen is a courageous and trenchant new literary voice. often called an award-winning translator of Russian and a e-book reviewer for courses together with the recent Yorker and the recent York instances, Gessen makes his debut with this significantly acclaimed novel, a captivating but scathing portrait of younger maturity on the beginning of the twenty-first century. the unconventional charts the lives of Sam, Mark, and Keith as they overthink their university years, underthink their love lives, and fight to discover a semblance of adulthood, accountability, or even literary popularity.

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All those hours, those irretrievable hours, I’d spent studying for the SATs. All those days, those irretrievable sunny days when I flipped through the catalogs, considered my applications, wondered at the roundedness of my character—and now Ferdinand was my roommate? He was the first in a series of disappointments at that bitter place, though eventually I think they formed a pattern, and I tried to read it. And I had grand notions, too. I had quit football because I was too small, but also so that I could read Kierkegaard.

It was still warm and outside a few people were playing Frisbee. Were they douchebags? Maybe, but I could have gone out there and said hello, laid the groundwork, maybe now they were douchebags but later on they’d be geniuses? Then again, they kept dropping the Frisbee, those guys, and it was like they’d never played before. It was all too sad. I opened Ferdinand’s CD book, having no CDs of my own—a few years earlier I’d made the determination, based on my extensive purchasing of cassette tapes throughout junior high, that the compact disc was a technology bound for speedy obsolescence, and decided to wait it out—but Ferdinand’s collection was all greatest hits, greatest hits, Allman Brothers, greatest hits.

They were good lines. ” Sam asked, for there was an echoing on the other end. ” He drove up the next afternoon. She had been very depressed and angry, she said, after the Republicans took the White House, but she’d finally checked herself in after breaking her television set during the inauguration. It was still early in the Bush years, and her health insurance was paying in full. During the drive he considered casting his epic in the form of a dialogue/interview with the state of Israel. Q: When did you first think you would become independent?

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