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Generation What?: Dispatches from the Quarter-Life Crisis

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Seemingly a bit ludicrous and even comical, the quarter-life crisis is actually a very real phenomenon afflicting more rudderless twenty-somethings with each passing year. In Generation What?, young up-and-coming writers recount their individual quarrels between hoping to exist on the fringes of childhood and wanting to participate in the arena of adult responsibility.

Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Fulcrum Publishing (first published January 1st 2007)
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Brandon Will
Maybe this generation is a bunch of privileged, entitled kids who found themselves all-too-quickly with scruff and ovulation cycles and proceeded to bitch and moan.

Maybe this generation was born into a set of circumstances which lead to more contemplation that previous generations: over-abundance of options in all facets of life, over-saturation of outside conflicting messages, over-done social networking, a world of constant TMI, Warhol's "fifteen minutes" prophecy coming to life before their
Veronica Lingo
Sep 09, 2010 Veronica Lingo rated it really liked it
Generation What? Presents a multi-layered view of the trials, joys and humiliations of my own generation. Told via many essays from a wide array of authors, the series of short stories can seem staccato and jarring; but at the end, they easily form together to provide a mosaic of the 25-something experience. From college, to marriage (and divorce) to children, to careers, the stories are rife with frustration, bemusement, fear, self-realization and satisfaction. I found myself identifying with m ...more
Sep 08, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Decided to look for books about people in their 20s and came across this one. The essays were all pretty interesting and well-written. Mostly they ended up making me feel better about my life by comparison--the essays are all about people having actual, serious crises, not just turning 25 and thinking "Shoot, my twenties are halfway over and I'm not having as much fun as I expected." Even so, a lot of the things the authors were dealing with sound familiar from my own life and the lives of my fr ...more
Caroline Donnelly
Nov 17, 2014 Caroline Donnelly rated it liked it
While the essays are well-written and interesting, I don't think they quite captured going through a quarter-life crisis as the forward had said they would. There was a lot of reflection and most of the stories had a "it was tough but I got through it and so can you" vibe without a whole of information on how they got through it. The most powerful, in my opinion, was the essay from the woman that joined the Peace Corps.
Feb 03, 2008 Allie rated it really liked it
So far, there have been a few good short stories about quarter life. Some are sad, some are funny...etc...
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Bess Vanrenen works as an assistant editor at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. She received her master of arts degree in English literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004. She has lived in New Jersey, Egypt, Nevada, Florida, New York, and France. She had a brief stint waiting tables at a TGI Fridays in Paris, where she saw a small cockroach climbing across a tray of apple f ...more
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