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Peter Mountford's debut novel A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism won the 2012 Washington State Book Award in fiction. His second novel The Dismal Science was published in 2014, and was named a New York Times Editor's Choice.

After reading The Dismal Science, Sam Lipsyte wrote: "The Dismal Science is exuberant art, a deep, moving comedy about grief, guilt, and the heart's geopolitics. Mountford writes with soul and style and makes the plight of his protagonist count."

An avid traveler, Mountford has lived in Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles, as well as Scotland, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, and Southern Mexico. His fiction has won numerous awards, grants and fellowships. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthl...more


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A Young Man's Guide to Late...
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" If you said to me, "here, read this novel about an economist--you'll like it," I would've politely said thank you but secretly thought you were crazy. Mountford pulls off the nearly impossible, making me care what happened to a World Bank senior e... " Read more of this review »
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Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
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This is, I think, Salinger's best book. Begins and ends with a suicide, but oh well! In particular, "Perfect Day for Bannanafish" and "For Esme with Love and Squalor" and, maybe, "Teddy," are just amazing stories. There are about 15 stories I've read...more
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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour by J.D. Salinger
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See my review of Franny and Zooey -- this, Salinger's last published book, is more of the same. However, I think this is a little better. The second novella, in particular, "Seymour: An Introduction," is a lot of fun, and contains this, which makes t...more
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There are some wonderful things about this book, but I ultimately found Dyer's style a little hard to swallow. Reminds me of Juan Carlos Onetti a little, in that he has these melencholy misanthropes traipsing around in exotic locales, but not a lot r...more
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Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Franny and Zooey
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A somewhat overrated pair of stories, I'm afraid. Salinger was at this point in his abortive writing career falling into the habit of spinning these wheezy, long-winded stories/novellas for the New Yorker about the Glass family. The Glass children ar...more
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" I was immediately pulled into the life of Vincenzo; life, death, and the consequences of decisions made in the throes of untethered moments are written about with confidence and insight. "
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