So Dad's around lately. That's it. And I want to tell you things, throw fragments your way that I barely understand. Because it's just funny, flat out, the way someone you don't even know can get up in your face, tweak things that should be so ordinary. Or I think it's funny. Maybe you will too.
Hailed by The New Yorker as "a fictional report from the strip-mall front lines of Generation Y," Important Things That Don't Matter is a provocative, moving, darkly funny portrait of family and divorce, a boy and his father, the eighties and nineties, and sex and intimacy that raises vital questions about a generation just now reaching adulthood.
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While a student in New York, David Amsden worked at the New Yorker and New York magazine, where he is now a contributing writer. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he is at work on another novel.Review:
“Hypnotically engaging and almost painfully genuine...an extremely talented writer.” (Salon)
“You’ve got to hate this guy. He’s already been called the voice of his generation.” (New York Times)
“The novel’s so real and personal it’s like being in this Gen Y kid’s skin for 15 formative years.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“...so refreshingly un-Generation X...” (Los Angeles Times)
“David Amsden is an invigorating, original, and sickeningly talented writer.” (Augusten Burroughs, author of Running With Scissors)
“Absorbing...a daring narrative that resonates with the heartbreaking emotion that lurks between Amsden’s sharply written lines.” (BookPage)
“There are moments of literary brilliance in this story that will dazzle the reader.” (John Searles, author of Boy Still Missing)
“Nothing short of phenomenal!” (Nick Fowler, author of A Thing (Or Two) About Curtis and Camilla)
“Really, really great...close-to-the-nerve honesty, severe suffering, intertwined with that leavening cynical humor.” (J.T. Leroy, author of Sarah)
“The narrator’s voice is a likable mixture of bewilderment and tentative black humor...well cast and darkly ironic.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Conversational and tough, the novel’s observant narrator is bound to captivate readers.” (Booklist)
“This book is a complete winner. Smart, charming, fresh, compelling--Amsden is a writer with enormous talent.” (Bill Buford, author of Among the Thugs)
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