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Chump Change

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
David Henry is a failure.He arrived in New York bent on literary stardom; New York chewed him up, spit him out, and sent him on his way -- not just broke, but broken. After some struggling (Will he ever get a job? Or a woman? Or even his own apartment?), David finally has an opportunity to make some bucks...but how low will he sink to do it? This delightfully dark novel of ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Riverhead Trade (first published 1996)
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Aug 29, 2009 Zack rated it really liked it
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I found this book at Goodwill. Another book by the same name written by John Fante's son, Dan, is my favorite of his so far. I liked the way Eddie's book started and picked it up for about a dollar. Believe it or not, David Eddie's "Chump Change" is among the better new books I've read in recent years. He's a devotee of John Fante's style himself (the book's main character is clearly evocative of Arturo Bandini from Fante's "Ask The Dust"), wh
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Oct 09, 2016 Heather G rated it it was amazing
I've hung onto this book forever. The character and story resonated with me since I was around the David's age when I read it. It's very funny.
Teena in Toronto
It's the late 1980s and Dave is living in New York with his girlfriend. He quits his job which he hates and moves back home to Toronto and lives with his friend, Max. Dave has two degrees and wants to be a writer ... he figures it won't be too hard to get some work. When he's borrowed money from just about everyone he can, he's forced to take a job as a news writer at a government-run TV broadcaster. He hates this job but he does likes what earning $40,000 a year can give him ... good scotch, ...more
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Dec 14, 2012 Danny Lindsay rated it it was amazing
This is an exceptional debut, seriously. Part of an unholy trinity of the Male Loser In The City subgenre, along with Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City and Arthur Nersesian's The Fuck-Up. This one is probably the best of the three, though I'm biased because I'm a Torontonian. Just read it. You won't regret it.
Jul 20, 2012 Rebekkila marked it as to-read
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Aug 16, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
Re-read. I enjoyed this tale of 20-something loserdom less now that I'm a 30-something loser. Some very amusing bits though. I ought to check out some of the author's later stuff.
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