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ISBN13: 9780812980233
ISBN10: 0812980239
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Justin Kramon’s debut novel, Finny, is a sweeping, enchanting voyage, an insightful story about a young woman’s complicated path to adulthood.

 

We meet Finny Short as an observant, defiant fourteen-year-old who can’t make sense of her family’s unusual habits: Her mother offers guidance appropriate for a forty-year-old socialite; her father quotes Nietzsche over pancakes. Finny figures she’s stuck with this lonely lot until she meets Earl Henckel, a boy who comes from an even stranger place than she does. Unhappy with Finny’s budding romance with Earl, her parents ship her off to Thorndon boarding school. But mischief follows Finny as she befriends New York heiress Judith Turngate, a girl whose charm belies a disquieting reckless streak.

Finny’s relationships with Earl and Judith open her up to dizzying possibilities of love and loss and propel her into a remarkable adventure spanning twenty years and two continents. Justin Kramon has given us a wickedly funny odyssey with a moving and original love story at its core. Finny introduces us to an unforgettable heroine, a charmingly intricate world, and an uncommonly entertaining and gifted young novelist.

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"Justin Kramon's moving and engrossing, Finny, is as refreshing as it is unusual: Dickensian in its span and generosity, contemporary in its exuberance and furtive humor, timeless in its assessment of family and friendship, innocence and love, this is a debut novel of exceptional achievement and considerable rewards." Jim Crace, National Book Critics Circle Award-Winning author of Being Dead

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"Justin Kramon has written a magnificently odd and fantastic book, bursting with whimsy and humor. Finny is a heroine you will never forget." Christina Henriquez, Author of The World in Half

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"A fresh, appealing, funny, and big-hearted first novel by a fresh, appealing, funny, big-hearted, and talented young novelist. With Finny, Justin Kramon has made a winning debut." John Burnham Schwartz, National-Bestselling Author of The Commoner and Reservation Road

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"[A book] that is suffused with tenderness and the promise of good things for the author's future." Booklist

About the Author

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Justin Kramon has published stories in Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, Boulevard, Fence, TriQuarterly, and others.  He has received honors from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, Best American Short Stories, the Hawthornden International Writers’ Fellowship, and the Bogliasco Foundation.  He teaches at Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and at the Iowa Young Writers’ Workshop.  Now twenty-nine years old, he lives in Philadelphia.

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chocolateandcroissants, February 6, 2011 (view all comments by chocolateandcroissants)
Finny is a book that I both loved and at times was bothered by. We are introduced to Finny as an adolescent who just cannot fit in. At home she has problems with her mother who has expectations as to how a young woman should behave. When her parents discover her "crush" with Earl Finny is sent off to boarding school where she rooms with Judith, who always seems to know what to do in every situation. For as innocent as Finny is Judith is mature. I loved the coming of age aspect of the book as we follow Finny from her early teen years through to her mid-thirties. This may sound sexist but I was surprised that this book was written by a male. Equally surprising was that this is Kramon's first novel. I thought he did an amazing job with all the characters. The book also arrived with a feather which once you read the book you will understand why.

What bothered me about the book was the graphic nature of Judith's sexual behavior. Judith is an attention grabber and likes to shock people. Her attention grabbing behavior was evident through her graphic behavior. I felt that at times there was too much detail given that was not necessarily necessary.

Aside from that this was a great read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812980233
Author:
Kramon, Justin
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.8 in 0.6 lb

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Product details 384 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812980233 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Justin Kramon's moving and engrossing, Finny, is as refreshing as it is unusual: Dickensian in its span and generosity, contemporary in its exuberance and furtive humor, timeless in its assessment of family and friendship, innocence and love, this is a debut novel of exceptional achievement and considerable rewards."
"Review" by , "Justin Kramon has written a magnificently odd and fantastic book, bursting with whimsy and humor. Finny is a heroine you will never forget."
"Review" by , "A fresh, appealing, funny, and big-hearted first novel by a fresh, appealing, funny, big-hearted, and talented young novelist. With Finny, Justin Kramon has made a winning debut."
"Review" by , "[A book] that is suffused with tenderness and the promise of good things for the author's future."
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