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"This is the debut of a major new talent. Straightforwardly brilliant writing. This book is so honest, so American, so true to what it is like to be young in America today. At moments, Worthington reminds me of Fitzgerald, at other times of Salinger, and then, at other times, of Beckett. One more big name: If Knut Hamsun were a young American writing Hunger today, this is ...more
Published July 2nd 2014 by Civil Coping Mechanisms
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Imagine a diary from which many of the raw confessions and hopes and fears and desires have been blacked-out or excised. A post 9/11 take on Less Than Zero. This book spoke to me about as often as it refused to speak to me, which is just about the perfect ratio.
This mid-twenties guy gets picked up in the airport by his parents. He's taking a trip home to Ohio, from where he now lives, New York City. The book begins as slowly, unassuming, and understated as this, but if you give it a chance, before long you just might be entranced like I was. And it might be hard to put your finger on why, for a while. The guy's parents drive by their old house and he thinks about trying to not think about that. He goes to Applebees with his old friend who's not really ...more
I really like the juxtaposition and muddle of numbness and feeling. Everything is all jumbled up in the face of adult life. It ebbs and flows, depending on which of the parts you're talking about, but it never completely resolves. Nor did I feel it should. Even with so much disassociation, I connected strongly with the book. I felt things, even when I wasn't sure if the narrator did (it sometimes wasn't simple to say). Liked it quite a bit.