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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (January 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416912304
  • ASIN: B008SMU0CK
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,279,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The title of Listi's debut diagnoses the novel's malady: a jangly, unfocused plot that caroms off pop cultural flotsam in an attempt to evoke the potpourri of postmodern existence. This lurching ride begins as 20-something Wayne Fencer, a defeated day-trader and idling pizza delivery boy with a B.F.A. in avant-garde filmmaking, attends the funeral of an ex-girlfriend in San Francisco who has committed suicide. Wayne can find few words of condolence and instead strafes the reader with a fusillade of facts on suicide, death and mourning, a distancing device that Listi relies on throughout the novel. The news that Wayne's ex aborted his child in college sends the narrative machinery sputtering to life, with Listi shuttling his hero across the country (after jaunts to Mexico and Cuba) in a neo-beatnik search for meaning. Wayne's encounters trigger all manner of intrusive digression, from boldface definitions of key words (e.g. "pheramone," "megalopolis," "absinthe") to bulky movie plot summaries that detract from the novel's story. With this Trivial Pursuit–like tic, Listi aims to capture the fragmented worldview of a coolly detached generation, but a few wedges are missing. (Feb.)
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Review

"Quirky, evocative, and clever...something genuinely different and defiantly genuine.... A perfect book."
-- Jim Carroll

"In his graceful debut novel, Brad Listi evokes a portrait of grief that is weird and true. At once an adventure and a deep character study, Attention. Deficit. Disorder. is a book you'll want to share." -- Owen King, author of We're All in This Together

"It's not easy writing lightly about heavy things, but Brad Listi makes it look effortless.... Attention. Deficit. Disorder. is a wild American picaresque."
-- Stewart O'Nan, author of The Good Wife --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

BRAD LISTI is the author of the novel ATTENTION. DEFICIT. DISORDER. (Simon & Schuster), and the founder of the online culture magazine The Nervous Breakdown and its publishing imprint, TNB Books. He is also the host of OTHER PEOPLE, a podcast featuring in-depth, inappropriate interviews with today's leading authors.

Find him online:

www.bradlisti.com

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www.otherpeoplepod.com

www.twitter.com/bradlisti

www.twitter.com/tnbtweets

www.twitter.com/otherpeoplepod

Customer Reviews

This is one of the few books that I've really looked forward to reading.
Christy Smith
With a writing style that is at times reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk, (without the darkness) Brad Listi has crafted a beautiful novel.
Nicole Del Sesto
He knows he's affected and realizes that he really needs to explore himself, his life, and his ability to love.
Nicholas Belardes

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Luke on May 21, 2009
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This is the second copy of this book that I've purchased, having given away the first copy to a friend. I'm typically pretty possessive of my books, but this one I had to let out to friends and family. Brad Listi has created a protagonist who is not only believable and grounded with real-life problems and misunderstandings, but is also culturally relevant to Generation X and Y. In Attention. Deficit. Disorder. you have a story about a young man not in the vein of the "whoa is me" phase of young adulthood, but a touching story of the yearning for understanding and meaning of why things happen the way they do. Two thumbs up from this reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeena on February 27, 2009
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In this story of a 20-something's crisis of meaning after learning of the suicide of the ex-girlfriend he dumped, Listi artfully captures the process of finding sense in living. Yes, there's a hint of self-awareness to the tone. No, this doesn't detract from the book. Great topic, great writing, go read it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Simon on November 14, 2007
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Wow. I had put off reading this book because of the decidedly mixed reviews it had received. I wish I hadn't waited. I just tore through this book in a few hours' time, and when I reached the end, it left me with that weird teary feeling that comes on when I really connect with a story.

The narrator of this book, Wayne, finds out that his ex-girlfriend has committed suicide. Over the course of the book, every decision he makes, each path he carves out is somehow colored by the horrible news he has received.

This is, in some sense, a road novel combined with A. J. Jacob's The Know-It-All, which, coincidentally, I just finished reading a couple of weeks ago. Wayne's narrative is populated with definitions of words and the history of places, inventions and ideas. It is not clear as you read that these devices are directly tied to the narrative. I understand that some readers become impatient with this. I think perhaps The Know-It-All conditioned me for this -- but for whatever reason, it worked for me.

By the end, I understood exactly what why these passages and digressions were there, and when I soaked up the last word of the last page, I experienced a moment of clarity about the narrator and his trajectory that startled me.

This review may sound fairly vague, but I'd hate to get more specific about the "message" of this book and color your own interpretation or ruin your own experience reading it. I am guessing that this is the kind of book that will mean different things to different people, and resonate with their own life experiences in different ways.

I recommend it to all, especially those who feel they can adapt to a somewhat experimental narrative form. I also wonder if this book will resonate more with men than women, but obviously I can't say...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa C. on January 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I picked up A.D.D. just before Christmas. During this time, it traversed many landscapes in hand, in purse, in a shoulder-slung messenger bag, side-by-side with Franny & Zooey, Cure for the Common Life, and A Walk in the Woods. It was never far from me. It napped with me on the sofa after work. Can you sense the captivation?

Strangely, a close interweaving of topics arose between all four books--loss, humor, escapism, contemplation, backpacking (yes, really), morality, seeking of self, singular encounters, realizations--united in Listi's. Coincidence? I'd prefer to think it's a sign of 'busy, busy, busy' as Vonnegut writes in Cat's Cradle. I am sincerely impressed with Listi's work. His is a fresh, unique voice. Nearing my final pages, I did not want the story to end. It's a deceptively easy book to read, entirely engaging, moving from story to quote, insight to statistic, definition to movie synopsis with the dexterity and ease of a superior, seasoned storyteller. Listi's love of knowledge--especially the odd fact--and his connectivity to emotion and humor radiate throughout main character, Wayne Fencer's journey of self.

Indubitably, A.D.D. will be a real smasher. It comes highly recommended by this reader. Read on...

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Wayne on January 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I would highly recommend this novel. Listi's style is captivating, giving Wayne Fencer's world a quality that invokes the reader to enter fully, creating an emotional investment in the character and his trials and tribulations. However trite, the phrase "I couldn't put it down" fits "Attention Deficit Disorder" to a T. Most of all, I found this book to be honest and true, lending meaningful insight into human nature. "A.D.D." is something that I believe most people can relate to on at least some level.

Listi's provocative use of language is flawless, his sense of humor intelligent and inviting, and his observation of the human condition a wonderful contribution to the literary world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Uihlein on February 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Listi had me from before page 1 as I perused a few pages of quotes: a brief preview into his sense of humor and intricately woven themes of the human condition. I knew I was in for a unique ride. Attention.Deficit.Disorder is a delightful, provocative, self-depricating, humorous and intelligent journey into a world of loss, longing, love and redemption. I read it in three days and was more than a little depressed it was over too quickly. I'm eagerly awaiting his next masterpiece!
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