The Book of George: A Novel (Hardcover)

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From the author of the critically acclaimed Laura & Emma comes a The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. for our times: Kate Greathead's razor-sharp but big-hearted excavation of millennial masculinity, The Book of George.

If you haven’t had the misfortune of dating a George, you know someone who has. He’s a young man brimming with potential but incapable of following through; noncommittal to his long-suffering girlfriend, Jenny; distant from but still reliant on his mother; funny one minute, sullenly brooding the next. Here, Kate Greathead paints one particular, unforgettable George in a series of droll and surprisingly poignant snapshots of his life over two decades.

And yet, it’s hard not to root for George at least a little. Beneath his cynicism is a reservoir of fondness for Jenny’s valiant willingness to put up with him. Each demonstration of his flaws is paired with a self-eviscerating comment. No one is more disappointed in him than himself (except maybe Jenny and his mother). As hilarious as it is astute and singular as it is universal, The Book of George is a deft, unexpectedly moving portrait of millennial masculinity.

About the Author

Kate Greathead is the author of Laura & Emma. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and on PRX’s The Moth Radio Hour. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the writer Teddy Wayne, and their children.

Praise For…

“This book is a knockout. Mesmerizing from page one, it's Stoner meets Mrs. Bridge meets George, the millennial male we can't look away from. Kate Greathead has gifted us with a character for the ages, and a novel that is sure to be swooned over and endlessly discussed.”
—Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

“Kate Greathead is an astonishingly talented writer. Every sentence in this novel glitters with insight and humor. A perceptive, funny and tender portrayal of the complicated relationships that define our adulthood.”
—Alison Espach, author of Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance

The Book of George is not only an excellent novel—it's also one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time. Engaging from the first page, it nevertheless gains momentum as it progresses, deftly building toward something larger and unexpected, a portrait of a character—and to an extent a generation—that's as convincing as it is moving.”
—Adelle Waldman, bestselling author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. and Help Wanted

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250351029
ISBN-10: 1250351022
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: October 8th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English