Built in a Day by Steven Rinehart
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Acclaimed author of the story collection Kick in the Head Steven Rinehart’s debut novel is filled to the brim with his characteristic wry humor, unflinching truth, and raw emotional power.

Built in a Day is the story of an over-educated underachiever whose oath to clean up his act is put to the ultimate test when the world around him crumbles into a state of disrepair. Left in charge of his late wife’s son and a sultry 15-year-old pregnant orphan named Jule, 32-year-old Andrew Bergman has to find the will and strength to rise to the absurd challenge of becoming a stepfather and -grandfather in the course of a few short months. Darkly hysterical and deeply stirring, Built in a Day is an affecting examination of love, responsibility, and the resilience it takes to pick up the pieces.

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About Steven Rinehart

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STEVEN RINEHART is the recipient of an NEA grant and a Michener fellowship. His collection of short stories, Kick in the Head, was published by Doubleday in 2000, and his work has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Harper’s and GQ. He lives in New York City.
Published August 10, 2004 by Anchor. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Anyone who takes more than ten years to finish college is off to a bad start in life, and Andrew Bergman needed twelve.

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''One of these days you're going to learn that words mean something,'' Isabel scolds him, just after Andrew blurts, ''I'd like to have a baby,'' falsely, since he'd scoured his ''mind for a shred of desire'' for a baby ''and failed repeatedly.'' ...

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The shocker that leaves Andrew to provide for Alex and for Russ' girlfriend, Jule, and the show-stopping finale at the teen shelter where Andrew works are moments of genuine fear and dismay.

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