May 22, 2010

In My Mailbox (42)

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, inspired by Alea and explores the contents of our mailbox on a weekly basis.

  • Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron 
    Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel
    It’s time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he’s surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary—a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in twenty-first-century Manhattan, he’s more at home in the faraway worlds of Eric Rohmer or Anthony Trollope—or his favorite writer, the obscure and tragic Denton Welch. James’s sense of dislocation is exacerbated by his willfully self-absorbed parents, a disdainful sister, his Teutonically cryptic shrink, and an increasingly vague, D-list celebrity grandmother. Compounding matters is James’s growing infatuation with a handsome male colleague at the art gallery his mother owns, where James supposedly works at his summer job but where he actually plots his escape to the prairie.

    In the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Booklist has hailed Cameron as “one of the best writers about middle-class youth since Salinger”), Peter Cameron paints an indelible portrait of a teenage hero holding out for a better grownup world.

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    1. Hmm... I'e never heard of this one. If I ever get through my review books, I'll check one one out!

      I hope you'll have times to participate in some tours again this summer! :)

    2. This sounds really interesting!!! I've never heard of this one either, but it sounds so intriguing.

    3. I've been looking at this one for ages, so I can't wait to see what you think of it. Hope you enjoy!


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