You & Me: A Novel

Paperback | July 2, 2013

byPadgett Powell

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Padgett Powell, author of the acclaimed The Interrogative Mood and “one of the few truly important American writers of our time” (Sam Lipsyte), returns with a hilarious Southern send-up of Samuel Beckett’s classic Waiting for Godot.

Truly a master of envelope-pushing, post-postmodern American fiction, in a class with Nicholas Baker and Lydia Davis, Powell brilliantly blends the sublime, the trivial, and the oddball in You & Me, as two loquacious gents on a porch discuss all manner of subjects, from the mundane to the spiritual to the downright ridiculous.

At once outrageously funny and profound, You & Me is yet another brilliant, boundary-bursting masterwork, proving once again that, “there are few writers who understand both the beauty and the absurdity of language as well as Padgett Powell” (Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang) and that, “Padgett Powell is one of the best writers in America, and one of the funniest, too” (Ian Frazier).

You & Me: A Novel won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction.

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Padgett Powell, author of the acclaimed The Interrogative Mood and “one of the few truly important American writers of our time” (Sam Lipsyte), returns with a hilarious Southern send-up of Samuel Beckett’s classic Waiting for Godot.Truly a master of envelope-pushing, post-postmodern American fiction, in a class with Nicholas Baker and ...

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Padgett Powell has been regarded as unique and one of the most exciting writers today. The New York Times calls him "a master of voice, a generator of absolutely particular, original, hilarious human sounds."’You & Me is a conversation, apparently on a porch, between two men who may be difficult to grasp. They move together in aimless,...

Padgett Powell is the author of six novels, includingEdisto, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and two collections of stories. His writing has appeared in theNew Yorker,Harper's, and theParis Review, as well as inThe Best American Short StoriesandThe Best American Sports Writing. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.47 inPublished:July 2, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062126148

ISBN - 13:9780062126146

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“…Hilarious, bizarre and absorbing … Echoes of everyone from Walt Whitman to Will Rogers, vaudeville to Wittgenstein…Powell can make the most barbed issues -the power of media, class resentment, private self-judgment and dread of death - slither through dialogue of zany simplicity.”