Beachys coming-of-age debut about a clueless, jobless, self-pitying college grad is at once hilarious, strange and uncomfortable. After graduating, Potter Mays returns to his parents home, where, unable to decide whether he really loves his girlfriend, Audrey—who is spending three weeks backpacking through Europe with her bisexual best friend—he retains the services of his childhood friend, Stuart, who makes his living as an independent thought contractor. Potter pieces together memories of his troubled romance, such as his and Audreys past indiscretions, her familys disregard for him and his lust for Audreys best friend. As the summer progresses and Potter remains oblivious to even his parents obviously damaged marriage, he makes an unfortunate and extremely ridiculous series of mistakes in his quest to prove his love. Beachys characters, infinitely fallible, are real and fleshy, and their loneliness is palpable. Potters total lack of discipline and common sense are as funny as they are frustrating, and he is lovable even when hes annoying. (Jan.)
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The summer after college graduation should be a time of celebration, but Potter Mays is miserable. His girlfriend has jetted off to Europe, and he has returned home to his parents’ house outside St. Louis. This could be the most tiresome of scenarios, but debut novelist Beachy has a wry wit, a wily sense of the ridiculous, and an athletic gift for description. Consequently, frissons of weirdness steer this tale of late-onset maturity in unexpected directions as Potter takes a crummy job delivering bottled water, concerns himself inappropriately with a lonely boy in a catastrophically messy house and the 16-year-old girl next door, talks to the ghost of his long-dead brother, and is badly manipulated by the worst friend a hapless guy could have. Even his passion for baseball fails to halt his slide into the morass. Beachy perfectly captures the brain-fogging mugginess of summer in the Midwest and the quarry-deep reticence of midwesterners in a funny and endearing novel about a bumbling guy who makes bad situations worse with the best of intentions. --Donna SeamanSee all Editorial Reviews
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