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Creating a sensation around the world when it was first published, "Twelve" established it s seventeen-year-old author as a powerful voice of the new millennium. The chilling novel follows prep school dropout White Mike through the week between Christmas and New Year s 1999, as he takes a year off to deal an alluring new drug to his privileged peers on Manhattan s Upper East Side. But "Twelve" is not a coming-of-age story, because its kids never had a childhoodtheir parents are off on holiday in Bali or business in Brussels, leaving hired help to look the other way as the kids stay home alone in their multimillion-dollar town houses, partying with drugs and sex and, in the end, much worse. "

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0802140122
  • 9780802140128
  • 844,056

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As fast as speed, as relentless as acid. Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "Nick McDonell is the real thing, a powerful young writer with the look of a dangerous freak and very sharp teeth. The ratio of age to talent is horrifying. His trick is he writes the truth. I'm afraid he will do for his generation what I did for mine."Hunter S. Thompson An astonishing rush of a first novel, all heat and ice and inexorable narrative driveA pleasure to read, a horror to contemplate, a real achievement. Joan Didion McDonell is an authentic talentHis novel will endure as a snapshot of his generation as surely as "Less Than Zero" did of the eighties. Stephanie Merritt, "The Observer" (London) [McDonell] renders Manhattan s cosseted Upper East Side with both the casual authority of an insider and the wry distance of an observer.Impressive. Jennifer Egan, " The New York Times Book Review" McDonell, like the young Jim Caroll, displays a frightening acuity in his astonishing debut. Elissa Schappell, "Vanity Fair""

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