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BTW: A Novel

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Bad relationships, interracial dating, cross-faith intermarriage, the endless pangs of monogamous love, reality television, Muslim fundamentalism, Crispin Hellion Glover, Internet pornography, Turkish secularism in the era of Erdoğan, the amorous habits of Thomas Jefferson, errant dogs, cheeseburger tattoos, alcoholics without recovery, 9/11 PTSD, female Victorian novelist ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 168 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Penny-Ante Editions
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Cassandra Troyan
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing

All the brutal reality of late 20's longing, doubt, disappointment, and betrayal laid out with enough wit to make you cringe while laughing.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I like books that are about books and its readers, and Jarett Kobek's novel is very much in that it's a love of literature filtered through the narration of sort-of young people in love within the magnificent landscape, that is Los Angeles. Or perhaps they're not in love, but individuals struggling to communicate or at the very least to articulate their unhappiness among the streets of Los Angeles.

There is a strong situationist aspect with respect to the understanding of a city by the way of th
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I would love to meet someone so cluelessly referential to Victorian literature in his daily conversations as this book's main character. ...more
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Easy to read. Interesting ideas about chronic pain/Fibromyalgia and childhood trauma.
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it
BTW (2013) by Jarett Kobek is one of those novels that feels right when you read it at the right time. It’s one of those tragic twentysomething story plotted in LA, and everything felt just as it was, unmoving, current, and fitting. I’m probably biased because I am twentysomething, but, I will admit, I finished it like a silver tequila shot.
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While ATTA seemed written by an observer possessed of some spectral intelligence, this dense sliver of now is the book folks could have been talking about most of the season had Taipei not arrived early at the buffet. Khadija Sarwar.
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