Early Work (Hardcover)

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"What a debut Early Work is one of the wittiest, wisest (sometimes silliest, in the best sense), and bravest novels about wrestling with the early stages of life and love, of creative and destructive urges, I've read in a while. The angst of the young and reasonably comfortable isn't always pretty, but Andrew Martin possesses the prose magic to make it hilarious, illuminating, moving." --Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask and The Fun Parts

For young writers of a certain temperament--if they haven't had such notions beaten out of them by MFA programs and the Internet--the delusion persists that great writing must be sought in what W. B. Yeats once called the "foul rag and bone shop of the heart." That's where Peter Cunningham has been looking for inspiration for his novel--that is, when he isn't teaching at the local women's prison, walking his dog, getting high, and wondering whether it's time to tie the knot with his college girlfriend, a medical student whose night shifts have become a standing rebuke to his own lack of direction. When Peter meets Leslie, a sexual adventurer taking a break from her fianc , he gets a glimpse of what he wishes and imagines himself to be: a writer of talent and nerve. Her rag-and-bone shop may be as squalid as his own, but at least she knows her way around the shelves. Over the course of a Virginia summer, their charged, increasingly intimate friendship opens the door to difficult questions about love and literary ambition.

With a keen irony reminiscent of Sam Lipsyte or Lorrie Moore, and a romantic streak as wide as Roberto Bola o's, Andrew Martin's Early Work marks the debut of a writer as funny and attentive as any novelist of his generation.

"Beautifully executed and very funny, Early Work is a sharp-eyed, sharp-voiced debut that I didn't want to put down." --Julia Pierpont, author of Among the Ten Thousand Things and The Little Book of Feminist Saints

About the Author


Andrew Martin's stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Zyzzyva, and Tin House's Flash Fridays series, and his non-fiction has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, and others. Early Work is his first novel.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780374146122
ISBN-10: 0374146128
Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English

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