The Week You Weren't Here
by Charles Blackstone (Goodreads Author)
Fiction. With a Proustian knack for recalling the smallest detail--from a superficial conversation to the exquisite pain of the perfect kiss--Hunter Flanagan deftly navigates past and present, simultaneously analyzing, deconstructing and torturing himself with memories of every girl he's lost or loved. For Hunter, writing is easy; it's love that comes hard. Even as he prep...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Low Fidelity Press
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Charles Blackstone reads from and discusses his debut novel The Week You Weren't Here, a poignant and wry portrait of a young writer closing in on the last of his undergraduate days. The Week You Weren't Here is a witty and inventive deconstruction of a young-man-as-artist's pursuit of love among a confusion of choices. It's as if Kafka's Joseph K had been commissioned to write a Dating for Dummies (the How-Not-To version) in the form of a postmodern novel. This is an auspicious debut." -- autho...more
I read this book because I went to high school with the author. You know how it's annoying to read something by someone you know? Well, I wasn't annoyed, which I guess attests to the quality of the book, especially considering I wasn't particularly fond of the author. It's got some pretentious formal conceits (the only punctuation is periods - even for questions) but it's a good and engaging portrait of a self-involved brainy guy. I guess that appealed to me.
i picked up this book after hearing charles blackstone at a reading. very cool, seriously engaging, and with about 1/3 left to go, i'm both excited to read more and also sad to see it all end. i should also mention that reading it caused me to miss my train stop on more than one occasion.
Charles Blackstone is the author of Vintage Attraction, a new novel about wine, pugs, and the cult of personality, forthcoming October 2013. He is also the author of The Week You Weren't Here, a novel, and the co-editor of the anthology The Art of Friction. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire, The2ndHand, and, recently, Jet Fuel Review. His short plays Corked and Rogers Party have been produ...moreMore about Charles Blackstone...