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The adulterants

by Dunthorne, Joe,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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Summary
Ray Morris is a tech journalist with a forgettable face, a tiresome manner, a small but dedicated group of friends, and a wife, Garthene, who is pregnant. He is a man who has never been punched above the neck. He has never committed adultery with his actual body. He has never been caught up in a riot, nor arrested, nor tagged by the state, nor become an international hate-figure. Not until the summer of 2011, when discontent is rising on the streets and within his marriage. Ray has noticed none of this. Not yet.The Adulterants would be a coming-of-age story if its protagonist could only forget that he is thirty-three years old. Throughout a series of escalating catastrophes, our deadpan antihero keeps up a merciless mental commentary on the foibles and failings of those around him, and the vicissitudes of modern urban life: internet trolls, buy-to-let landlords, open marriages, and the threat posed by more sensitive men. But the wonder of The Adulterants is how we feel ourselves rooting for Ray even as we acknowledge that he deserves everything he gets.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ray is a hip, underachieving thirtysomething, living out his lack of ambition in the self-centered protection of his own personal bubble. Weekday picnics follow weekend parties while Ray perfects the arts of remaining detached, inwardly judging his peers, and not seeming too serious about his freelance writing job. Whether he notices or not, though, things are changing. His friends are settling down, careers are taking off, and his wife is pregnant with their first child. Ray is incongruously excited about his impending promotion to fatherhood yet seemingly helpless to improve upon his foundering status as an adult. Instead, one poor decision after another ultimately lands him on house arrest, his final awakening coming perhaps a moment too late with the birth of his son just around the corner. Darkly funny, Ray's story embodies the modern failure-to-launch affliction, the problems of an adult who will not grow up. His many missteps and often selfish mien are excruciating to read, but Dunthorne's conversational style is the perfect tone for delivering this late coming-of-age story with humor.--Ophoff, Cortney Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Antihero Ray, a 33-year-old freelance tech writer doing his directionless best to hold onto his youth, ambles through a marginally middle-class life in London in this dryly comic novel. His wife, Garthene, an ICU nurse, is well along into her first pregnancy, and is losing patience with his drinking, flirting, and general aimlessness. When Ray greets Garthene at the hospital with a bloody lip and black eye after being found in bed with his best friend's wife, the marriage collapses. Then, during the London riots of 2011, Ray happily accepts two beers from a looter, and finds his picture, "picnic-ready, smiling" with a beer in one hand and another peeking out of his pocket on a giant poster, requesting citizens to turn looters in to the police. To call the plot episodic would be generous, but Dunthorne (Submarine) zeroes in with precision on that period of life when work and family exert increasing pressure on immature young men. Ray, who narrates, has charm to spare, and his self-deprecating attitude goes a long way to compensate for his many flaws. Dunthorne's sly wit locates the humor in even the slightest and most depressing details, and his generous attitude towards his characters, survivors all, saves the novel from total snarkiness. Agent: Seth Fishman, the Gernert Co. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Journalists -- Fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Humorous fiction.
Satirical literature.
Publisher Portland, Oregon :2018
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 175 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781941040874
194104087X
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