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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609450515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609450519
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A deeply compassionate novel by a very fine writer."
(-Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland)

"Browner (The Uncertain Hour) 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. "
(- Library Journal (starred review))

"A light, modern and keen look at the discord between whimsy and prudence."
(- Kirkus)

About the Author

Jesse Browner is the author of four books including the novels Conglomeros (Random House 1992), Turnaway (Random House 1996) and The Uncertain Hour (Bloomsbury 2007). He has also translated a number of notable books including the award winning Celine: A Biography. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Coleman on October 9, 2011
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I saw this book received a starred review in a book-industry publication, and once I saw that it's about a private-school kid in Greenwich Village and was being compared favorably with "The Catcher in the Rye," I ordered it immediately. Within minutes. Such high expectations don't usually pan out very well, but the story (and its wonderful protagonist) captivated me from the first page, and over the next two days I carried it everywhere with me so I could read at every opportunity. By the time I finished it, I knew I had found a new favorite.

In brief, the story is about a seventeen-year-old Dalton School kid named Wes who, in the course of one day, works on a paper about "War and Peace," attends a party, loses his virginity to the wrong girl, takes care of his critically ill mother and sweet, funny little sister, walks his dog, and argues with his father. Browner is masterful in his management of these elements-- both the ordinary and the life-changing-- and deftly weaves a story based on a concept that, in less expert hands, might have seemed gimmicky or contrived. What he offers the reader instead is a wholehearted, optimistic, deeply compassionate tale, and one so vividly imagined that the reader feels convinced that this is a real family, and we really are in Greenwich Village, standing just an arm's length from Wes.

This is literary fiction for sure-- a highly intelligent novel, introspective and character-driven. I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy such stories. As a writer I am sometimes asked, "What book are you an evangelist for?" I found this book purely by happenstance-- I didn't know the author-- and now when I am asked that question, I can say, "this one." Reading it was a pure joy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gentle Reader on October 16, 2011
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EVERYTHING HAPPENS TODAY tells the story of one critical day in the life of Wes, a brainy, deep-feeling student at Dalton, in New York. Browner's prose soars and his characters, all of them, are vivid and appealing. I found this book deeply moving, almost haunting in its beauty. I highly recommend it to lovers of literary fiction and their teenaged kids as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on July 23, 2012
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I picked this up a few hours ago and was not at all expecting to finish it in one sitting, but once I started, I couldn't stop (the fact that it has no chapters and thus no natural pause points, helped). It was a delight going backwards and forwards over the course of about 48 hours with Wes, a typical wannabe-novelist, literature-obsessed teenager who just takes himself way too seriously. He imagines himself as Prince Andre from "War and Peace", but of course, he's much more Holden Caulfield. Because of his intellect and interest, there were literature, musical and political references aplenty, which I love. My only hesitancy is in the constant references to Twitter, Facebook, iPhones, etc. but I'll let history determine whether this book has a shelf life. All I know is I loved it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Raghavan on May 23, 2012
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One chapter? One chapter?!?! I love chapter breaks. They're like little high fives congratulating you for your reading progress. My heart skips a beat whenever I get to a chapter break and unfortunately Browner took away that small piece of joy in my life. Woe is me. Ok ok, I'll stop whining...onto the review.

I wavered on how I felt about this book. At times, it proved true to the comparisons to Catcher in the Rye and was completely enjoyable. At other times, it just kind of felt like I was reading a boring person's diary. It was written in the style of stream-of-conscience, which tended to drag a little after the 80th run-on sentence in a row. Things that were touted as important seemed non-significant to me. Things that could have been huge plot points were regularly skimmed over.

I absolutely loved the relationship between Wes and his sister as well as the snippets we saw of Wes and his new love interest Lucy. I would have appreciated, if not direct dialogue, at least some background on the relationship between Wes and his dad. They were so emotionally distant from each other and I wanted to understand why. This relationship laid the foundations for an awesome storyline, but Browner passed over it without so much as a second glance. All in all, I think 'Everything Happens Today' had a ton of potential, but just didn't fully live up to it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Gorczynski on April 22, 2013
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I wasn’t impressed. I really expected to like this book, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. All I kept reading was the author pretending to be a teenager. It just seemed to try way too hard. Even the positive reviews complain of the incessant mentions of iPhones and tweets and the like. I didn’t find the main character endearing or relatable or even unlikable enough to want to read about his day.
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