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Why Ae You So Sad? (Signed First Edition)

Jason Porter

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ISBN 10: 0142180580 / ISBN 13: 9780142180587
Published by Plume, 2014
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NEW YORK: Plume (2014). First edition, first printing, with full number line down to 1. Softbound, a trade paperback original. BRand new. Very Fine. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on the first page, next to his photograph, where he has drawn a cartoon circle from his mouth and a pithy quoation, aka, THINGS GET BETTER! His excellent debut novel. A humorous inscription. (Not signed to anyone, just his name and the cartoon caption.) 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 05-2012-11

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Title: Why Ae You So Sad? (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: Plume

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition....

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"Jason Porter could find a place on the shelf beside Richard Brautigan, George Saunders, and David Sedaris. This is a quick, odd, wonderful book, one that pinned me back on my heels and made me laugh."
–Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin


Have we all sunken into a species-wide bout of clinical depression?
 
Porter’s uproarious, intelligent debut centers on Raymond Champs, an illustrator of assembly manuals for a home furnishings corporation, who is charged with a huge task: To determine whether or not the world needs saving. It comes to him in the midst of a losing battle with insomnia — everybody he knows, and maybe everybody on the planet, is suffering from severe clinical depression. He’s nearly certain something has gone wrong. A virus perhaps. It’s in the water, or it’s in the mosquitoes, or maybe in the ranch flavored snack foods. And what if we are all too sad and dispirited to do anything about it? Obsessed as he becomes, Raymond composes an anonymous survey to submit to his unsuspecting coworkers — “Are you who you want to be?”, “Do you believe in life after death?”, “Is today better than yesterday?” — because what Raymond needs is data. He needs to know if it can be proven. It’s a big responsibility. People might not believe him. People, like his wife and his boss, might think he is losing his mind. But only because they are also losing their minds. Or are they?

Reminiscent of Gary Shteyngart, George Saunders, Douglas Coupland and Jennifer Egan, Porter’s debut is an acutely perceptive and sharply funny meditation on what makes people tick.

About the Author:

Jason Porter was born and raised in southeastern Michigan. A known gemini, he is, or has been, an English teacher, customer support representative, landlord, traveling musician, and the overnight editor for Yahoo! News and the New York Times. Currently he writes fiction. Why Are You So Sad? is his first novel.

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