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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  51 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
After the shocking suicide of his girlfriend, a twenty-one-year-old struggles to figure out the mysteries of life and love. This extraordinarily intense novel follows a young man during a three-day odyssey that begins with a night of self-abuse in New York City. Fueled by whiskey and his own internal demons, he goes to a blues bar where a bouncer assaults and ejects him, a ...more
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Published September 1st 2001 by Goldmann (first published July 14th 1997)
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Genevieve Dingle
Written in a very intimate authentic voice, this is the story of a young man's sudden coming of age in the few days after finding his girlfriend dead. Intense and refreshing
Hari
Sep 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in personal histories and excellent storytelling
Written in first person informal, the main character of this book starts out by telling the reader that his girlfriend has just died. Killed herself. Yeah. So, he up and goes to the bar that night with his best friend, Jack Daniels and, among other things, tell the reader a little something he's learned about life along the way.
The next morning, he decides to head to New Jersey, from NYC to visit his parents. He sucks down his mother's best pea soup and explains a little about his life in an Ita
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Oriyah Nitkin
I bought this book because I liked the cover, and it was a number of years before I actually got around to reading it, by which point the cover no longer appealed.

Although there were a few good lines, I felt this book was one of the most pointless pieces of drivel I've ever read in my life. My general optimistic attitude couldn't even muster enough momentum to have any sort of expectation that the book would improve throughout, which is a good thing, because I'd have been sorely disappointed any
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Brian Rose
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the uncorrected proof as a bookseller back in 1998 when the book first came out and I found it to be a modern version of "Catcher in the Rye". It hit a bnerve with me as a disenfranchised teenager trying to find some purpose for myself as I was on the cusp of becoming an adult. Where Holden Caulfield showed me the inherent phoniness of others, the main character in "Name the Baby" showed me how to find fault in myself and to stop internalizing it.
bridget
Apr 01, 2007 rated it liked it
my old creative writing professor. it was a very readable book, a bit depressing on the subject matter.
Amber
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The only difference between death and love, one supposedly lasts forever, the other makes you think of classical music."
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