By Keith Gessen

ISBN-10: 0143114778

ISBN-13: 9780143114772

A unique of affection, unhappiness, wasted early life, and literary and highbrow ambition-"a wincingly humorous debut" (Vogue) Keith Gessen is a courageous and trenchant new literary voice. referred to as an award-winning translator of Russian and a e-book reviewer for courses together with the hot 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 starting 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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Scott Fitzgerald once said of his friend John Peale Bishop, “an insatiable penis,” and by second semester sophomore year he was running a hotel room, as he liked to put it, out of Leverett J-12. No one knew this better than I, who as his bunk mate had to journey to the yellow common-room couch every time I heard an extra pair of footsteps accompany him through the door. Things got so busy that I suggested to Ben, who’d won the coin flip at the beginning of the year and thus his own room, that he give up his place to Ferdinand and move in with me.

I saw him flinch from me a little—from the way I froze on the sidewalk he might have thought I was another illwisher, another nut—but soon it was all over: Lauren looked at me, shabby and scattered with my phone in my hand, and I looked at the former Vice President, and we all paused for a moment while I kissed the Vice President’s daughter on the cheek, she assured me they were in a terrible hurry though it was nice to see me, and they crossed northward while I waited for the light. I think I could have screamed.

She thought they should have children. It was 1998 and the rest of the world was rich. Their friends came over and Sasha fed them. All together they argued and argued—there was so much to argue about! Val looked through their art books and gave talks about the painters—about Goya, about Rembrandt. Sasha told him about the Russian icon-painters, about the profound influence of religious anti-representationalism on Russian art. Tom explained the latest political developments. Sam talked about Israel and the writing world: who was publishing in the New American, who was publishing in Debate.

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