Want Not by Jonathan Miles

By Jonathan Miles

Along with his seriously acclaimed first novel, Jonathan Miles was once broadly praised as a comic book genius "after anything bigger" (David Ulin, la instances) whose fiction was once "not simply philosophically yet emotionally rewarding" (Richard Russo, big apple occasions e-book assessment, entrance cover).

Now, in his a lot expected moment novel, wish now not, Miles takes a huge breakthrough with this hugely artistic and corrosively comic story of our occasions, a three-pronged story of human extra that sifts in the course of the detritus of numerous disparate lives—lost loves, blown possibilities, numerous phrases and deeds misdirected or misunderstood—all conjoined of their come-hell-or-high-water look for fulfillment.

because the novel opens on Thanksgiving Day, readers are telescoped into 3 diversified worlds in a variety of states of disrepair—a younger freegan couple dwelling off the grid in big apple urban; a once-prominent linguist, sacked at midlife via the dissolution of his marriage and his father's wasting conflict with Alzheimer's; and a self-made debt-collecting wealthy person, whose brute expertise for squeezing cash out of not likely areas has yielded him a royal lifestyles, trophy spouse included.

wish and hope propel those characters ahead towards anything, something, extra, till their worlds collide, in short, randomly, but irrevocably, in a shattering finishing that may hang-out readers lengthy after the final web page is turned.

With a satirist's eye and a romantic's center, Miles captures the morass and comedy of latest lifestyles in all its extra. daring, unblinking, unforgettable in its irony and pathos, wish no longer is a depraved, bighearted literary novel that confirms the coming of a tremendous voice in American fiction.

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They didn't get many calls. Mostly Duane's buddy looking for him to go drinking or strip a few cars that had broken down on the highway. Their Bud and Babe money they called it, and often right to her face. No, it was not Duane's boys calling this early. M. would find them three hours into the deep sleep of another drinking binge. After the third ring, for some reason, her hand had reached out and plucked up the phone. The man's voice was crisp and professional. He had sounded as though he were reading from a script and her sleep-clouded mind had pretty much reasoned that he was trying to sell her something.

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The information was readily available, he had replied, so authoritatively that she instantly believed him. But she already had a job, she had told him. He asked what her salary was. She refused to answer at first and then, opening her eyes while Lisa suckled contentedly, she told him. She wasn't sure why. Later, she would think that it was a premonition of things to come. Because that's when he had mentioned the pay. One hundred dollars per weekday for a guaranteed two weeks. She had quickly done the arithmetic in her head.

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