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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (edition 2009)

by Peter Cameron

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Title:Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Authors:Peter Cameron
Info:Picador (2009), Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library, 25-book List A, Read 2011
Tags:Fiction - Literary

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron


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me ha encantado la narración fresca y lúcida de esta novela! ( )
  cloentrelibros | Aug 23, 2016 |
Narrated by Lincoln Hoppe. Hoo, what a downer of a book. It got all these rave reviews in the trades but I just couldn't identify with James' offputting loneliness. I was also dismayed to hear Mr. Hoppe's voice; I had so identified it with "Marcelo and the Real World." Actually it ended up being right for the depressed James. The therapy sessions were as tiring for me as for James. Highlights included James' relationship with his grandmother and his awful prank on John which helped take his superior loner self down a peg. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I think this book is amazing. The character was so real and the story so well written. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
I think this book is amazing. The character was so real and the story so well written. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Struck this reader as a better Catcher/Holden Caulfield than Salinger's Catcher/Holden for current generations. ka ( )
  GayCityLGBTLibrary | Jun 6, 2015 |
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Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. -Ovid
When you long with all your heart for someone to love you, a madness grows there that shakes all sense from the trees and the water and the earth. And nothing lives for you, except the long deep bitter want. And this is what everyone feels from birth to death. -Denton Welch (journal, 8 May 1944, 11:15 pm)
For Justin Richardson and in memory of Marie Nash Shaw 1900-1993
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The day my sister, Gillian, decided to pronounce her name with a hard G was, coincidentally, the same day my mother returned, early and alone, from her honeymoon.
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It’s time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he’s surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary—a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in twenty-first-century Manhattan, he’s more at home in the faraway worlds of Eric Rohmer or Anthony Trollope—or his favorite writer, the obscure and tragic Denton Welch. James’s sense of dislocation is exacerbated by his willfully self-absorbed parents, a disdainful sister, his Teutonically cryptic shrink, and an increasingly vague, D-list celebrity grandmother. Compounding matters is James’s growing infatuation with a handsome male colleague at the art gallery his mother owns, where James supposedly works at his summer job but where he actually plots his escape to the prairie.
In the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Booklist has hailed Cameron as “one of the best writers about middle-class youth since Salinger”), Peter Cameron paints an indelible portrait of a teenage hero holding out for a better grownup world.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Eighteen-year-old James living in New York City with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find a direction for his life.

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