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This darkly exuberant debut novel — by turns a fierce, funny coming-of-age story and a teasing work of literary suspense — traces the precipitous rise and fall of a teenage impresario at the zenith of the New York club scene.

Matthew Acciaccatura of Teaneck, New Jersey, begins his freshman year at NYU in the fall of 1995 with one goal in mind: to become cool. A former high school outcast, used to lumbering the hallways alone in oversize turtlenecks, Matt seems an unlikely candidate for such a transformation. Yet by dint of effort he lands the coveted position of promoter at one of the hottest clubs in New York in the heyday of rave music and Ecstasy. However, as "Magic" Matt rises to fame, portents of tragedy begin to appear, literally in the margins of the story. Footnotes from one Dr. Hans Mannheim, an imprisoned German academic obsessed with Matt's dangerous trajectory, suggest that Matt is not as in control of his destiny as he might appear...

A gorgeously written archetypal tale of self-discovery (and self-deception) and a love letter to the enduring possibilities of New York City, The Answer Is Always Yes will keep readers guessing until its explosive climax.

Review:

"With a Stegner Fellowship and some big-name poetry publications under her belt, it's not surprising that Ferrell delivers a stylized and exuberantly written debut novel. Matthew Acciaccatura begins his freshman year at NYU determined to become cool. As it turns out, Matthew is the fixation of Hans Mannheim, an incarcerated German professor who annotates the novel with his increasingly creepy thoughts on Matthew's quest. Ferrell and Mannheim track Matthew's ascent up the ranks of New York hip, culminating in his transformation into 'Magic Matt,' the promoter of ber-hot club Cinema. As his last name suggests (acciaccatura is a note that creates dissonance within harmony), Matthew's new job takes some ugly turns; they are unexpected by Matthew and those close to him, but painfully anticipated by the reader. Ferrell is at her best when focusing on language and the explosive emotions that accompany jaded youth and idealism. Less successful, however, is Mannheim, whose most remarkable aspect is how caricatured he is. The writing is fabulous, but it's unfortunately in service of a lackluster plot and gimmicky structure." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Irresistibly readable, Ferrell's first novel is a triumph not only of setting but also of voice, tone, and attitude." Booklist

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"Here is a brainy, heartfelt, continuously inventive novel on a theme we know very well from life and hardly at all from fiction: the wish to be cool. It's impossible not to assent to The Answer is Always Yes." Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision

Review:

"From the smoke and mirrors of the New York club scene emerges Magic Matt, the Jay Gatsby of his generation. This painfully unpopular young man's fierce determination to reinvent himself as the hippest kid at NYU is, by turns, darkly comic and profoundly tragic. The Answer Is Always Yes is a stellar coming-of-age novel with a nifty, sinister postmodern twist. And it's a terrific read; an eloquent page-turner. How's that for some kind of wonderful?" Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of An Almost Perfect Moment, and A Disturbance In One Place

Review:

"Fierce and wildly original — Monica Ferrell is a thrilling new voice." Nick Flynn, author of Bullshit Night in Suck City

Review:

"Packed with poetry and humor, this dazzlingly written first novel unearths the sorrow behind that strange American sickness, the pursuit of cool. Like the city they eulogize, Ferrell's sentences teem with beauty and ambition — you want to linger at every turn." Eric Puchner, author of Music Through the Floor

Review:

"A pyrotechnic debut....The protagonist and prose recall the Richard Farina/Tom Robbins school of writing." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

This darkly exuberant debut novel — by turns a fierce, funny coming-of-age story and a teasing work of literary suspense — traces the precipitous rise and fall of a teenage impresario at the zenith of the New York club scene.

About the Author

Monica Ferrell's poems have appeared in the New York Review of Books, Paris Review, and other magazines. A former "Discovery"/the Nation winner and Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she lives in Brooklyn. This is her first novel.

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Cheligo, August 3, 2008 (view all comments by Cheligo)
I love how Monica Ferrell's voice comes through in the writing; its fresh and original. The book taps into different emotions, its great. The never ending pursuit to be the coolest kid captivates you and makes you turn those pages.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385339292
Author:
Ferrell, Monica
Publisher:
The Dial Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
College students
Subject:
Self-realization
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Publication Date:
20080520
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.24x6.27x1.26 in. 1.32 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With a Stegner Fellowship and some big-name poetry publications under her belt, it's not surprising that Ferrell delivers a stylized and exuberantly written debut novel. Matthew Acciaccatura begins his freshman year at NYU determined to become cool. As it turns out, Matthew is the fixation of Hans Mannheim, an incarcerated German professor who annotates the novel with his increasingly creepy thoughts on Matthew's quest. Ferrell and Mannheim track Matthew's ascent up the ranks of New York hip, culminating in his transformation into 'Magic Matt,' the promoter of ber-hot club Cinema. As his last name suggests (acciaccatura is a note that creates dissonance within harmony), Matthew's new job takes some ugly turns; they are unexpected by Matthew and those close to him, but painfully anticipated by the reader. Ferrell is at her best when focusing on language and the explosive emotions that accompany jaded youth and idealism. Less successful, however, is Mannheim, whose most remarkable aspect is how caricatured he is. The writing is fabulous, but it's unfortunately in service of a lackluster plot and gimmicky structure." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Irresistibly readable, Ferrell's first novel is a triumph not only of setting but also of voice, tone, and attitude."
"Review" by , "Here is a brainy, heartfelt, continuously inventive novel on a theme we know very well from life and hardly at all from fiction: the wish to be cool. It's impossible not to assent to The Answer is Always Yes."
"Review" by , "From the smoke and mirrors of the New York club scene emerges Magic Matt, the Jay Gatsby of his generation. This painfully unpopular young man's fierce determination to reinvent himself as the hippest kid at NYU is, by turns, darkly comic and profoundly tragic. The Answer Is Always Yes is a stellar coming-of-age novel with a nifty, sinister postmodern twist. And it's a terrific read; an eloquent page-turner. How's that for some kind of wonderful?"
"Review" by , "Fierce and wildly original — Monica Ferrell is a thrilling new voice."
"Review" by , "Packed with poetry and humor, this dazzlingly written first novel unearths the sorrow behind that strange American sickness, the pursuit of cool. Like the city they eulogize, Ferrell's sentences teem with beauty and ambition — you want to linger at every turn."
"Review" by , "A pyrotechnic debut....The protagonist and prose recall the Richard Farina/Tom Robbins school of writing."
"Synopsis" by , This darkly exuberant debut novel — by turns a fierce, funny coming-of-age story and a teasing work of literary suspense — traces the precipitous rise and fall of a teenage impresario at the zenith of the New York club scene.
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