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Userby Blake Nelson
Synopses & Reviews
Mitch Smith is an ambitious young man.
He wants to work the coolest clubs, date the hottest girls, do the hardest drugs. But when a one night stand with "nice girl" Amy Peterson threatens to become something more, Mitch must decide between an actual relationship or the continued pursuit of the unattainable.
Set in the dens of the techno underworld and the dark city streets of the Pacific Northwest, User is an adrenalized love story in which the pure energy of youth supercedes moral consequences.
"Blake Nelson portrays the gritty youth culture of Kids with the dialogue of a David Mamet play. Dark, funny and deadly accurate, User is Nelson's most boldly successful literary effort." Douglas Rushkoff, author of Ecstasy Club
"Like a Less Than Zero set in the post-grunge aftermath of the Pacific Northwest, User catalogs the desperate actions of a nihilistic urban hipster class that operates on a different level from the rest of society. It's all here, from the rough sex to the drug experimentation to the see-saw ride of friendship in a hormonally-charged, music-drenched underworld." Richard A. Martin, Seattle Weekly
"[An] elegant, darkly comic third novel. Nelson's keen ear for dialogue and deadpan sense of humor lend muscle to his thin (but strangely mesmerizing) plot. But the novel's real triumph lies in Nelson's characterization of Mitch, whom he manages to treat with necessary sympathy and respect, rather than sneering satire." Joanna Smith Rakoff, Shout NY
"Imagine if Anne Tyler wrote about heroin and one-night stands — this very readable book brings us into the head of a character who would ordinarily be unreadable. A refreshing change from cooler-than-thou hipster lit." Pagan Kennedy, author of Exes
"Blake Nelson has an ear for the cool, confused, and brutally deadpan voice of youth. He ably documents its inner monologue." Maggie Estep, author of Diary of an Emotional Idiot
User is a dysfunctional love story laced with random sex, heroin, and hopelessness. Mitch Smith is 24. His life: crappy day jobs, one night stands, drinking, and driving in his friend's '72 Dodge Charger. In his quest for hipster status, one of his sexual conquests becomes something more, and he must choose between mundane love or continuing to pursue the unattainable.
About the Author
Blake Nelson is the author of Girl — now a major motion picture — and Exile. His writing has appeared in Details, Jane and The New York Observer, among others. He lives in New York City.
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