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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (edition 2009)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374309892, Hardcover)
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.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:24:36 -0400)
Eighteen-year-old James living in New York City with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find a direction for his life.
(summary from another edition)
Two editions of this book were published by Audible.com.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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