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Wow! What an amazing ending! Next is really an interesting book — the ending makes it or breaks it, I think. Kevin is just your average shlub, who can't manage to do anything without being distracted by the women in the immediate vicinity. He's so all up in his head, and it's not really a pretty sight up there. He travels from Ann Arbor to Austin, Texas for a job interview. But before the interview, Kevin wanders around town following one woman after, all the while replaying in his head relationship highlights from his past. Without including a spoiler here, I can say that the end was absolutely unexpected, and it will frame, or reflect, or color, the way you feel about the whole book. Well done!
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One Man, one day, and a novel bursting with drama, comedy, and humanity.

Kevin Quinn is a standard-variety American male: middle-aged, liberal-leaning, self-centered, emotionally damaged, generally determined to avoid both pain and responsibility. As his relationship with his girlfriend approaches a turning point, and his career seems increasingly pointless, he decides to secretly fly to a job interview in Austin, Texas. Aboard the plane, Kevin is simultaneously attracted to the young woman in the seat next to him and panicked by a new wave of terrorism in Europe and the UK. He lands safely with neuroses intact and full of hope that the job, the expansive city, and the girl from the plane might yet be his chance for reinvention. His next eight hours make up this novel, a tour-de-force of mordant humor, brilliant observation, and page-turning storytelling.

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nealxg, August 29, 2012 (view all comments by nealxg)
An utterly boring read. The payoff for suffering through this novel is the final 8 pages, which are depressing beyond words. It would almost be worth Hitler winning the war, just so I could throw this book into a fire.
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Alfred Ritter, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Alfred Ritter)
Although it pains the genre defender in me, I think this is the best Hynes novel for people to try. Unlike his prior books, this one is straight litfic. It tells the story of a day in the life of a dissatisfied American man. Unhappy with his lack of career and his love life, he flees Ann Arbor to take a job interview in Austin. He arrives early so he gets lost in town. The story concludes in less than a day, but as the main character reviews his life, it becomes a much broader story. It ends in dramatic fashion with many of his questions resolved, but many will find that resolution unsettling. Its an amazing piece of writing though
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mick provencher, September 9, 2011 (view all comments by mick provencher)
It's a day in the life novel, and while it's not a day I'd want to experience, I certainly am pleased to have read about it. Terrific novel with twists and turns and excellent characters. James Hynes is a gifted writer and proves it again.
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ISBN:
9780316051934
Author:
Hynes, James
Publisher:
Reagan Arthur Books
Author:
Hynes, James, Ma
Subject:
Literary
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General
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Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20110331
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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Wow! What an amazing ending! Next is really an interesting book — the ending makes it or breaks it, I think. Kevin is just your average shlub, who can't manage to do anything without being distracted by the women in the immediate vicinity. He's so all up in his head, and it's not really a pretty sight up there. He travels from Ann Arbor to Austin, Texas for a job interview. But before the interview, Kevin wanders around town following one woman after, all the while replaying in his head relationship highlights from his past. Without including a spoiler here, I can say that the end was absolutely unexpected, and it will frame, or reflect, or color, the way you feel about the whole book. Well done!

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