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L.I.E.: A Novelby David Hollander
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Cutting through the landscape, connecting small towns to the world at large, the Long Island Expressway (the L.I.E.) has many exits — and each one tells a story. It's the late eighties in Long Island, New York, and eighteen-year-old Harlan Kessler plays in a band, parties with friends, and struggles with a family that offers anything but a Kodak moment. The one ray of hope in Harlan's life is Sarah DeRosa. With her by his side, Harlan just might make the right choices between love and aggression, intimacy and absence, finding himself and losing his mind.
"The story of Harlan's sad life is rife with the wry asides, ironic italics and narrative tricks much better left to the skills of Dave Eggers." Publishers Weekly
"[An] engaging debut....If we feel we've heard enough about the land at malls and cloverleafs, we're wrong: it's probably the most authentically American experience there is, a point that Hollander makes in a blur of concrete, exit signs, and self-deprecating hilarity." Los Angeles Times
"A young man's head-on collision with the failed American Dream....What makes this book one of note is Hollander's unique storytelling style....You'll be richly rewarded by an original, edgy experience." Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Hollander experiments with some stylistic tricks and in the end waxes surrealistic, but the novel's true strength is its realistic depiction of hollow, suburban life." Library Journal
About the Author
David Hollander grew up in Suffolk County, Long Island. A graduate of the State University of New York at Purchase and the Sarah Lawrence College writing program, he lives in Brooklyn.
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