Misconception: A Novel

Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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Cedar Rivers is on a strange errand. A doctor sidelined into the strange world of the first dot-com boom, he has come to Albany, New York, in between business in Iceland and home in Silicon Valley, to meet a woman he hasn’t seen in twenty years. Then a Chuck Taylor–shod proto-Goth with chipped black nail polish, Kat is now a literary up-and-comer who needs Cedar to vet her memoir—an account of the summer they were sweethearts. As if that weren’t enough, she’s written parts of it from his point of view. Through an intense weekend in a snowed-in motel room, Cedar and Kat relive their most painful memories: Before they had a chance at first love, Kat’s mother and her new fiancé dragged Kat off on a family trip. Kat returned with a secret, one which—when she shared it with Cedar—set off a series of drastically miscalculated assumptions that dominoed into a moment of startling tragedy. Misconception is a startlingly original debut novel—a smart and provocative coming-of-age story, and a fresh and witty comment on the unreliability of memory and storytelling—that establishes Ryan Boudinot as one of the most promising talents of his generation.
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About the author

A former student of Rick Moody’s and Amy Hempel’s, Ryan Boudinot has had his work published in Dave Eggers' Best American Non-Required Reading 2003 and 2005, McSweeney’s, BlackBook, Nerve, and FiveChapters.com. Also the author of the story collection The Littlest Hitler, he writes about film at therumpus.net.
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Publisher
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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Published on
Sep 8, 2009
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9780802198907
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Language
English
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Fiction / Literary
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A tour de force novel from the “wickedly talented” (The Boston Globe) and “darkly funny” author of Misconception (The New York Times Book Review).

Finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award

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