What's Important Is Feeling
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What's Important Is Feeling

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Bankers prowl Brooklyn bars on the eve of the stock market crash. A debate over Young Elvis versus Vegas Elvis turns existential. Detoxing junkies use a live lobster to spice up their love life. Students on summer break struggle to escape the orbit of a seemingly utopic communal house.

And in the title story, selected for The Best American Short Stories, two film school buddies working on a doomed project are left sizing up their own talent, hoping to come out on top--but fearing they won't.

In What's Important Is Feeling, Adam Wilson follows the through-line of contemporary coming-of-age from the ravings of teenage lust to the staggering loneliness of proto-adulthood. He navigates the tough terrain of American life with a delicate balance of comedy and compassion, lyricism and unsparing straightforwardness. Wilson's characters wander through a purgatory of yearning, hope, and grief. No one emerges unscathed.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 100g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062284789
  • 9780062284785
  • 752,589

Review quote

"Adam Wilson can write. . . and he does so with a certain authenticity and humor that I rarely see. . . . If you enjoy the cohesive element in collections, then I can't recommend this book enough."--LITREACTOR.COM
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249 ratings
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