By Keith Gessen
A singular 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 publication reviewer for guides together with the recent Yorker and the hot York instances, Gessen makes his debut with this severely acclaimed novel, a captivating but scathing portrait of younger maturity on the commencing of the twenty-first century. the radical 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 reputation.
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That was something. The sanatorium itself was charming, a group of cabins in the woods, a place for overworked urbanites to feel pleasantly melancholic. A slackertorium. Its chief promise, its chief premise, was a regimen of well-regulated sleep. Pulling into the visitors’ lot, the sharp angle of his space a neat contrast to the imminent clumsiness of his self-introduction to the receptionist, Sam wondered why he was still within acceptable phone range of a girl, a woman now, from whom he’d supposedly parted five years before.
I think I could have screamed. I walked down 80th Street, down the long hard residential blocks before Lexington, and I felt myself outside myself, and saw us all for what we were. Sorrow touched me; I was touched, on East 80th Street, by sorrow. My phone rang finally in my hand and it was Jillian, my Jillian, and I did not pick up. I was hurt, of course, that I had not been introduced to the former Vice President, but I had no cause to be offended. Lauren’s friendship with me was contingent on her friendship with Ferdinand, my old roommate, and Ferdinand was a complicated person.
But what about all the other things you wanted to do? Teaching? And organizing? ” To recap thus far: • Current girlfriend: Where did you put the red umbrella? • Ex-girlfriend: Who are you now? Whoever you are, are you happy? Was he a small-souled coward, not simply to have two girlfriends? “It just seems,” she was saying, “so . . endless. So serious. ” Oh. Ah. That was the Arielle touch, her temptation. Her hair was back in a ponytail, and she wore faded blue jeans and a long wool sweater, the official uniform of the mildly insane.