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EVERYTHING HAPPENS TODAY

by Browner, Jesse

New novel by the author of THE UNCERTAIN NOVEL and THE DUCHESS WHO WOULDN'T SIT DOWN.

In the course of a single day, everything will happen to 17-year old Wes. Wes has been desperately in love for the past year, and on this particular Saturday morning he should be celebrating the loss of his virginity the night before - except that he has lost it to the wrong girl, and broken his own heart with a single lapse of judgment. As the day wears on, Wes wrestles with his conflicted feelings even as he tries to juggle the demands of his dysfunctional family a desperately ill mother, an emotionally distant father, a beloved younger sister being raised without parental guidance - and a looming Monday morning deadline for an as yet unwritten paper on WAR AND PEACE. At the same time, he's preparing an elaborate supper that he hopes will re-unite the family around the dining table. With a nod to MRS. DALLOWAY and CATCHER IN THE RYE, Wes drifts through his day deep in thoughts of sex, love, loyalty, friendship, God, Beatles lyrics and French cuisine - a very typical teenager with a very atypical mind.

By the author of THE UNCERTAIN HOUR and THE DUCHESS WHO WOULDN'T SIT DOWN. Browner is also the author, narrator and producer of the ongoing Podcast History of Cooking project, sponsored by Oxford University Press.

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Comments

"Browner does a fine job of mixing the incongruities of modern communication - with the timeless anxiety of young people finding their way....a light, modern and keen look at the discord between whimsy and prudence."

Review: Kirkus Reviews

"A deeply compassionate novel by a very fine writer."

Review: Joseph O'Neill

Jesse Browner'sEverything Happens Today. It's the story of 24 hours in the life of a Dalton teenager, following a party at which he's lost his virginity to a girl who is not the girl of his dreams. The tenderness and acuity in Browner's portrayal of this young man, the indelible portrait of his complex family, and the brilliant sense the novel conveys of life as it is for a bright, idealistic teenager in contemporary New York is all totally winning. As teenagers discover this novel in the coming years, it may deservedly become a cult classic. Alice Quinn, Executive Director, Poetry Society of America.

Review: Alice Quinn

"Browner has crafted a stupendous, thought-provoking, devilishly delicious novel that reads like Zen koan meets PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN with some modern english that sets the plate spinning. Highly recommended."

Review: Library Journal

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