Flatscreen: A Novel

Paperback | August 11, 2015

byAdam Wilson

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“OMFG, I nearly up and died from laughter when I read Flatscreen. This is the novel that every young turk will be reading on their way to a job they hate and are in fact too smart for.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

Indie-lit star and Faster Times editor Adam Wilson delivers the gleefully absurd, effortlessly heartwarming story of one young man’s struggle to shake off the listless, sexless, stoned mantle of suburban teenage life and become something better. Fortunately (maybe) for Eli, his apathetic quest finds a catalyzing agent in one Mr. Seymour J. Kahn, a paraplegic sex addict and two-bit silver screen star who initiates a mad decent into debasement and (of course) YouTube stardom—a transformation from which there will be no going back.

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“OMFG, I nearly up and died from laughter when I read Flatscreen. This is the novel that every young turk will be reading on their way to a job they hate and are in fact too smart for.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love StoryIndie-lit star and Faster Times editor Adam Wilson delivers the gleefully absurd, effortlessly hea...

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Flatscreen tells the story of Eli Schwartz as he endures the loss of his home, the indifference of his parents, the success of his older brother, and the cruel and frequent dismissal of the opposite sex. He is a loser par excellence—pasty, soft, and high—who struggles to become a new person in a world where nothing is new.Into this sce...

Adam Wilson is the author of the novelFlatscreen(Harper Perennial, 2012). His fiction has appeared in many publications includingThe Paris Review,The Best American Short Stories,Tin House,The Literary Review,The New York Tyrant,Gigantic, and many others.He is currently a regular contributor to bothBookForumandThe Paris Review Daily. Hi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006209033X

ISBN - 13:9780062090331

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fabulous for those who enjoy novels about Slakers The Good Stuff Totally bizarre and unique Some of the dialogue (and inner dialogue) is LMAO funny Good writing Excellent character development All of the characters feel very realistic like people you would see on the street Dark and quirky - sort of reminds me of something that Apatow would make into a movie The Not So Good Stuff Eli is a loser and I just found myself disliking him and feeling uncomfortable because he was so pathetic Language is over the top base and vulgar at times & I am no prude, but it just really irritated me This is definitely one that men will enjoy more This was not my sort of book, so its hard to review positively - but please Adam if you read this review do not be offended, its just not my bag - you got talent though Favorite Quotes/Passages "She's a sucker for men who are the opposite of me," Kahn said. "In that I taught her well." "She'd bought a Mercedes SUV after the divorce, but sold it later to pay medical bills when her brother got prostrate cancer. Now Ned was dead and I bet she wished she'd kept the car, as the money she'd spent on health care didn't help in the end, and the medical costs had sealed her fast as a social pariah among the wallet-conscious women of Quinosset." "If you don't write back just know that I don't mean anything weird by this message. I'm a good soul who's gone a bit off the deep end. My brother is a nerd, my mother is a drunk, my father is an a**hole. I'm trying here, I'm really trying. Please write me back." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Hate to be sexist but this is one I think will appeal to the male reader Those who like something just a little bit different, this one is for you Think my brother would like this one 3 Dewey's I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-02-27

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“[Wilson’s] prose is relentless, and his world view is on fire. Flatscreen is a wickedly funny, absurdly engaging debut. I’d recommend it for fans of Sam Lipsyte and anyone looking for an unconventional coming-of-age story.”