Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Jesse Browner

Everything Happens Today

Jesse Browner

Everything Happens Today

2011, pp. 224, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609450519
Region: United States
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 15.00

The book

Jesse Browner’s dazzling new novel records a single day in the life of Wes, a seventeen-year-old who attends Manhattan’s elite Dalton School and lives in Greenwich Village in a dilapidated town house with his terminally ill mother, distant father and beloved younger sister. In the course of one day everything will happen to Wes: he will lose his virginity to the wrong girl and break his own heart, try to meet a Monday morning deadline for a paper on War and Peace, and prepare an elaborate supper he hopes will reunite his family. Wes struggles through the day deep in thoughts of sex, love, Beatles lyrics, friendship, God and French cuisine—a typical teenager with an atypical mind, a memorable young man who comes to the poignant understanding of how fragile but attainable personal happiness can be.

Everything Happens Today is funny, moving, generous and exhilarating. With a classic structure that nods, inevitably, to Mrs. Dalloway and characters worthy of comparison to those created by J.D. Salinger, Everything Happens Today will enchant young adults who see themselves in the story as well as adult readers who will be captured by the deeply sympathetic characters and the acute feel for the way we live now. Most readers will want it never to be over.

The author

Jesse Browner
Jesse Browner is the author of four books including the novels Conglomeros (Random House 1992), Turnaway (Random House 1996), and The Uncertain Hour (Bloomsbury 2007). He has also translated a number of notable books including the award winning Celine: A Biography. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.

Reviews

From the same country

  • Julie Lekstrom Himes

    Mikhail and Margarita

    2017, pp. 336, $ 18.00
    It is 1933 and Mikhail Bulgakov's enviable career is on the brink of being dismantled. His friend and mentor, the poet Osip Mandelstam, has been arrested,...
  • Alexander Maksik

    Shelter in Place

    2016, pp. 400, $ 18.00
    Set in the Pacific Northwest in the jittery, jacked-up early 1990s, Shelter in Place, by one of America’s most thrillingly defiant contemporary...
  • Joe Flanagan

    Lesser Evils

    2016, pp. 416, $ 18.00
    In a reimagined 1957 Cape Cod, the mystifying murder of a local child brings us into a world of intrigue that culminates in a conclusion both surprising...
  • Chaitali Sen

    The Pathless Sky

    2015, pp. 320, $ 17.00
    A hapless young student with a brilliant academic career ahead of him and a shy, preternaturally perceptive woman from the north fall in love. John...
  • Tom Wright

    Blackbird

    2015, pp. 288, $ 17.00
    From the author of CWA Dagger Award Finalist What Dies in Summer
  • Jennifer Tseng

    Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness

    2015, pp. 272, $ 16.00
    Exquisitely written, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness is part wry confession, part serious meditation. At its most anxious, it’s a book about...