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Early Work by Andrew Martin

Early Work

Andrew Martin

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Imprint: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publication date: 10 Jul 2018
ISBN: 9780374146122

A wry, supersmart, seriocomic first novel from a prodigious talent - a Sentimental Education for our time.

3 stars out of 5
Luke Kennard
20 Jun 2019

"the characters are lovable"

It’s not clear that Early Work is concerned with the ‘regular current’ of American life, or that this is really what Pete is trying to get by in... The reader comes to feel that he possesses the kind of self-awareness that suggests near total delusion, and so, towards the end of the novel, does he: ‘It had occurred to me lately that it was much more possible than I’d previously considered to be both “self-aware” and fundamentally wrong about the nature of the self.’... Andrew Martin isn’t Bret Easton Ellis taking eight hundred pages to demonstrate that the world of high fashion is a bit shallow. Early Work is humane, and the characters are lovable even as they get blitzed in dive bars on a Wednesday afternoon, sleep with one another’s partners and otherwise sabotage themselves. Every generation has a fatal flaw, and ours is narcissism.