Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

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IN RE: James Sveck-eighteen-year-old New Yorker, charming, precocious, confused, doesn't quite fit in (doesn't really want to), If: his future (i.e., college) seems completely meaningless, not to mention terrifying . . . Then: he'll start anew (move to the Midwest?). In re: James Sveck-misunderstood by a capricious mother, a self-absorbed father, a mordant older sister, Et alia: his Teutonic therapist, his D-list celebrity grandmother, his unnervingly attractive art gallery colleague . . . If: What one wants is enigmatic . . . Then: Life can be hell. But: as the summer gets hotter, James comes to recognize the wrenching truth of his emotions. James's archly comic bravado fuels this sharply observed novel of a teen adrift in an adult world, struggling to make sense of the problems of love and of lack. The engaging voice of our idiosyncratic antihero is deftly captured by the adroit prose of Peter Cameron. Often hilarious, deeply compassionate, smart, and lyrical, "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You" is every bit as sui generis as James Sveck himself. See also: Brown University; Sexual orientation (confusion thereof); Dinner theater; Poodles (standard).show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • CD-Audio
  • 129.54 x 152.4 x 30.48mm | 136.08g
  • Listening Library
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0739372890
  • 9780739372890

About Peter Cameron

Peter Cameron is the author of several novels, including Andorra and The City of Your Final Destination. He lives in New York more

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