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During his final days as an undergraduate, a young writer prepares to leave family and friends but will not give up his pursuit of love and meaning.
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Charles Blackstone teaches at the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies. His short fiction has appeared in Rio, M.A.G., Wazee Journal, and Whet Magazine. He lives in Chicago.
"The Week You Weren't Here is a witty and inventive deconstruction of a young-man-as-artist's pursuit of love among a confusion of choices. It's as if Kafka's Joseph K had been commissioned to write a Dating for Dummies (The How-Not-To version) in the form of a postmodern novel. This is an auspicious debut." —Jonathan Baumbach, author, B and On the Way to My Father's Funeral
"In fast, tangled, addictive prose, Charles Blackstone’s The Week You Weren’t Here observes everything, compulsively, on its way to showing how hard it is to really, finally, understand anything. This is a smart, fun book that takes a fascinating look at the minutiae that complicate our (love) lives." —Matthew Roberson, author, 1998.6
"Given the strength of the narrative voice, the reader quickly learns to read Charles Blackstone's sparsely punctuated prose...a fine first novel." —The Review of Contemporary Fiction
"Remarkable...Blackstone gracefully keeps [Hunter Flanagan] tottering on the precipice between romantic hero and irredeemable cad. It's a compelling balancing act to watch...An original voice." —Bookslut
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Book Description Flame Books, 2004. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0954594517
Book Description Flame Books Ltd, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0954594517