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Loner

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Loner

A Novel
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The critically acclaimed and highly anticipated novel from award-winning writer Teddy Wayne, an unsettling and impossible-to-put-down work that is, "powerful" (Fresh Air), "engrossing" (People), and "complex and necessary" (Salon).
David Federman has never felt appreciated. One of the most painfully forgettable members of his New Jersey high school class—despite his being the only senior accepted to Harvard—shy, witty David arrives in Cambridge fully expecting to embrace, and be embraced by, a new tribe of like-minded peers. But at first, beyond the friendly advances of a plain-looking girl named Sara, his social status seems devastatingly unlikely to change.

Then Veronica Morgan Wells enters his life. Instantly infatuated, struck by both her beauty and her brains, David falls feverishly in love with the woman he sees as a charismatic Upper East Side goddess. Determined to stop at nothing to win her attention and an invite into her glamorous world, David begins compromising his own academic and moral standards, tossing everything aside for this one, great chance at happiness. But neither Veronica nor David, it turns out, are exactly as they seem...

In Loner, Teddy Wayne's "writing is spiky and electric...[like] the early work of Jeffrey Eugenides" (The New York Times Book Review), offering great "evidence of a rising talent" (The Wall Street Journal). This is a darkly comic, "deft, involving" (Chicago Tribune) portrayal of psychosexual obsession that explores just what we're capable of when our greatest enemies turn out to be ourselves.
The critically acclaimed and highly anticipated novel from award-winning writer Teddy Wayne, an unsettling and impossible-to-put-down work that is, "powerful" (Fresh Air), "engrossing" (People), and "complex and necessary" (Salon).
David Federman has never felt appreciated. One of the most painfully forgettable members of his New Jersey high school class—despite his being the only senior accepted to Harvard—shy, witty David arrives in Cambridge fully expecting to embrace, and be embraced by, a new tribe of like-minded peers. But at first, beyond the friendly advances of a plain-looking girl named Sara, his social status seems devastatingly unlikely to change.

Then Veronica Morgan Wells enters his life. Instantly infatuated, struck by both her beauty and her brains, David falls feverishly in love with the woman he sees as a charismatic Upper East Side goddess. Determined to stop at nothing to win her attention and an invite into her glamorous world, David begins compromising his own academic and moral standards, tossing everything aside for this one, great chance at happiness. But neither Veronica nor David, it turns out, are exactly as they seem...

In Loner, Teddy Wayne's "writing is spiky and electric...[like] the early work of Jeffrey Eugenides" (The New York Times Book Review), offering great "evidence of a rising talent" (The Wall Street Journal). This is a darkly comic, "deft, involving" (Chicago Tribune) portrayal of psychosexual obsession that explores just what we're capable of when our greatest enemies turn out to be ourselves.
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  • Teddy Wayne, the author of Loner, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and Kapitoil, is the winner of a Whiting Writers' Award and an NEA Fellowship as well as a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He writes regularly for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. He lives in New York.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 4, 2016
    Wayne’s third novel (after The Love Song of Jonny Valentine) is about a Harvard freshman who becomes obsessed with his attractive classmate. David is an intelligent yet largely unremarkable kid from New Jersey, who upon beginning his first college semester, finds himself in the all too familiar situation of being lumped into the second tier socially. But when he spies the pretty Veronica during orientation, he’s not just smitten; he’s determined—at the cost of everything else in his life—to catch her eye: “This was going to be the best year of my life, a Technicolor romp after so many donnish slogs.” David begins dating Veronica’s roommate, Sara, solely to be close to and to spy on Veronica, and by following her around he manages to enroll in her English class, where one day she asks him for help on an essay on the voyeuristic themes of Henry James’s Daisy Miller. David’s efforts and manipulations to get Veronica to notice his devotion grow increasingly discomforting to the reader, a credit to the sly first-person narration. We know something very bad is going to happen, and though some may guess the reveal, the reader is nonetheless compelled to frantically turn the pages. Agent: Jim Rutman, Sterling Lord Literistic.

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