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Wild Abandon

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Joe Dunthorne's first novel, "Submarine, "has been translated into ten languages and made into a feature film. His debut poetry collection was published in 2010. He lives in London.


Praise for "Wild Abandon" "[Contains] one of the funniest, most poignant kids I've run across in fiction..."Wild Abandon" had me pestering my wife with favorite lines till she promised to read it." - Ron Charles, "The Washington Post" "He's an elegant, accessible, and interesting comic novelist, whose work, I suspect, will provide a great deal of pleasure to a great number of people for many years." - Nick Hornby, "The Believer ""[R]ichly plotted and peopled"--"Entertainment Weekly""Populated by flawed, occasionally exasperating, lovable and, above all, thoroughly imagined characters, "Wild Abandon "is about what happens to children when parents become consumed by their beliefs...A terrific novel." - Nick Hornby, "The Guardian," "Best Books of the Year""Think "Juno" or "Bottle Rocket," then read ["Wild Abandon"]... This novel could be charming and silly, but Dunthorne infuses it with a wry, dark humor that builds to a nearly terrifying conclusion... Complicated, realistic, and unsettling" - "Library Journal""With well-developed characters and a dark humor reminiscent of that in his first novel, "Submarine" (2008), Dunthorne delivers hilarity and heartbreak while redefining the essence of normality in this story about what makes a family and what makes a family dysfunctional.""--Booklist""A fresh perspective on modern culture, peppered with colorful dialogue."--Kirkus"Manages to be both tender and biting . . . "Wild Abandon" never lapses into parody, because [Joe] Dunthorne doesn't scrimp on the small moments that make a character light up. . . . Truly laugh-out-loud hilarious.""--The Independent on Sunday"" " "Has you wincing on [the protagonist's] behalf, page after page-turning page . . .Dunthorne does himself proud. [He draws] characters with real staying power."--"The Evening Standard" (London) "Sublimely enjoyable."--"Metro" "Full of finely nuanced details and a restless comic energy . . . bu

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