How I Paid for College

How I Paid for College : A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater

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A deliciously funny romp of a novel about one overly theatrical and sexually confused New Jersey teenagerÂs larcenous quest for his acting school tuition

ItÂs 1983 in Wallingford, New Jersey, a sleepy bedroom community outside of Manhattan. Seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris BuellerÂtype, is Peter Panning his way through a carefree summer of magic and mischief. The fun comes to a halt, however, when EdwardÂs father remarries and refuses to pay for Edward to study acting at Juilliard.

EdwardÂs truly in a bind. HeÂs ineligible for scholarships because his father earns too much. HeÂs unable to contact his mother because sheÂs somewhere in Peru trying to commune with Incan spirits. And, as a sure sign heÂs destined for a life in the arts, EdwardÂs incapable of holding down a job. So he turns to his loyal (but immoral) misfit friends to help him steal the tuition money from his father, all the while practicing for his high school performance of Grease. Disguising themselves as nuns and priests, they merrily scheme their way through embezzlement, money laundering, identity theft, forgery, and blackmail. But, along the way, Edward also learns the value of friendship, hard work, and how youÂre not really a man until you can beat up your fatherÂmetaphorically, that is.

How I Paid for College is a farcical coming-of-age story that combines the first-person tone of David Sedaris with the byzantine plot twists of Armistead Maupin. It is a novel for anyone who has ever had a dream or a scheme, and it marks the introduction to an original and audacious talent.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 144.8 x 215.9 x 30.5mm | 430.92g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 076791841X
  • 9780767918411

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