Fans of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, I proffer you this gem of a book, dusted off from when I first read it years ago during a transitional summer of my own. One of the rare coming-of-age stories that takes place not in high school (we meet our narrator at the start of summer following his graduation), and draws from "rom-coms" and "coming out" stories without getting stuck in their sappier conventions, TVFOO is expertly woven with Nick Burd's vivid prose and brings us a main character both complicated and instantly recognizable. This one's for those who need a reminder that the world is ultimately vast, and that we never run out of room to be who we are.
Picked by Austin in Prospect Lefferts Gardens
It's Dade's last summer at home, and things are pretty hopeless. He has a crappy job, a "boyfriend" who treats him like dirt, and his parents' marriage is falling apart. So when he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Alex Kincaid, Dade feels like he's finally experiencing true happiness. But when a tragedy shatters the final days of summer, he realizes he must face his future and learn how to move forward from his past.
About the Author
Nick Burd attended the University of Iowa and received his MFA from The New School. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Vast Fields of Ordinary is his first novel.
"A fascinating and dreamy first novel." -New York Times
"Bold. Engaging. Heartbreaking." -Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Crank
"A brilliant account of alienation and angst in the heartland." -Quest Magazine
"Nick Burd reaps a bounty from The Vast Fields of Ordinary." -Vanity Fair
"Burd is a terrific writer+he is a new talent to watch." -Booklist, starred review