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What do you do when you hate your job, your wife just left you, and you’re amid a crushing mid-life crisis? Recreate your college radio station on the Internet, of course. Or at least, that’s what Danny thought. Now he’s finding it’s not so easy to go home again. In addition to the stress of speaking at a beloved professor’s retirement ceremony, he must juggle rivalries a

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Kindle Edition, 409 pages
Published April 5th 2019 by 45rpm Media
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Matthew
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lad-lit
Ian Shane’s Postgraduate is an enthralling tribute to college radio and Nick Hornby.

The story begins with fortysomething Danny Jackson learning how to navigate a life he didn’t envision for himself when he was in college. He hates his job and is now freshly divorced. His heart has always been in radio, and when one of his new neighbors suggests he start an internet radio station, Danny goes on a mission that forces him to face his past and rediscover himself. Postgraduate is as much a novel as
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Hobart
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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". . . you did a bad, bad thing.”

“Then why are you helping me?”

“Because that’s what friends do. Someone needs to stand next to you when the world falls down around your ankles, and the other starting players seem to be leaving you one by one. You’re still my boy, but I question your decision-making skills.”


We meet Danny Jackson on one of the worst days of his life -- the day his marriage legally ended (it was over l
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Nigel Cartner
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With a huge nod to the likes of Nick Hornby, Postgraduate is an easy to read, humorous yet gripping story of reflection that focuses on friendships, relationships and career choices, all soundtracked to some superlative, alternative rock music from the 90s. Switching between the past and present, there's two stories being told by the main protagonist, Danny Jackson, from two different points of his life. The first being his college years in his early 20s that centres around his time at the radio ...more
Kev
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ian Shane's writing in Postgraduate captures the drama, friendships, and struggles of young adults in college still finding themselves, and of the middle-aged struggling with discovering who they've become is not who they set out to be. The loss of friends, family, and relationships is felt throughout.

Each chapter is titled after a song in the playlist of the life of the main character, Danny, and shows Shane's own love of the music from his college years. Danny's recover from a divorce leads t
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Alexander Sidorov
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-english
I’m really keen on reading books about a male middle age crisis. In this aspect, Postgraduate is a nice novel, very similar to High Fidelity of Nick Hornby and is perfect for reading in a public transport. I put only 3 stars because the plot is a little bit too predictable, but in general the book is worth money and time I spent on it.
Mario Rojas
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shane’s hits keep on coming. Safe from ever being considered a One Hit Wonder, Ian Shane delivers a music and radio inspired follow-up to Radio Radio. Outdoing himself with a more complex and more mature story, while still maintaining the satisfying musical themes of his debut novel on top of the many themes of love, friendship, loss, and reinventing oneself in the face of defeat.
Katie Johnson
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Highly recommended

I bought this book less than 24 hours ago and could not put it down. The dialogue makes you feel like you're part of book and the music references remind those of us in our mid 40s of the early 90s. Well worth the time.
Joe Barrett
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very entertaining coming-of-middle-age story, enjoyed it.
Gregg
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Soundtrack available at https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2uK...

I recommend listening while reading. In order.
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Meredith Baader
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Read!

Great read, felt like I've known the characters in this book. Cheer for them and felt sorrow for them. If your a High Fidelity fan read this author's work!
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May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up.
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Ian Shane is the author of two novels, Radio Radio and Postgraduate. He is currently working on his third book…and let’s be honest…watching hockey and baseball.

Ian studied Radio Broadcasting at the University of Southern Indiana and Computer Science at Indiana University. He has worked in radio in Indiana and Colorado and taught radio writing and production in Minnesota.

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