Exile by Blake Nelson

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A downtown Baudelaire of the ‘90s: that’s what New York poet Mark West used to be. Now, at thirty-one, locked in a perpetual adolescence, he’s slipping. Even when he takes an artist-in-residence position at a small Oregon college, he finds himself still sleeping with strange women and seeking momentary oblivion in drugs. But when he returns to Manhattan with a new book idea and renewed energy, an emotional train wreck awaits him, and he discovers that he must take his first steps into his new life alone.

About Blake Nelson

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Blake Nelson grew up in Portland, OR. He attended Wesleyan University and NYU. He began his career writing short humor pieces for Details magazine. His first novel Girl, was serialized in Sassy magazine and was made into a film starring Selma Blaire and Summer Phoenix. Nelson has since published ten more novels, including Rockstar Superstar and The New Rules of High School, Prom Anonymous and Gender Blender. His science fiction novel They Came From Below was a Kliatt Editors Choice pick in 2008 and his 2006 novel Paranoid Park was made into a film by Gus Van Sant which won the Cannes Special Anniversary Prize Award in 2006, as well as Italy's Grinzane Literary award. His latest book Destroy All Cars has been praised as "Smart and Entertaining" by the New York Times, and was called "A wonderful novel" by the Los Angeles Times. His newest novel Recovery Road was released in March of 2011.
Published June 30, 2008 by Scribner. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Howard, his beloved editor and indefatigable supporter, tells him he's letting his talent fritter away, and at Howard's urging, Mark reluctantly ships out to take a yearlong gig as artist-in-residence at a small Oregon college.

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But, as Baldwin wrote, ''Richard Wright was never, really, the social and polemical writer he took himself to be.'' The social determinist perspective Wright adopted would fail him cruelly.

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The Independent

'You are constantly thinking about home.' Gloria Nkadimeng fled when she was 14 and did not see her mother for ten years, but says: 'I think the only time that my soul can settle is when I'm in South Africa.' It was the same for Ruth Weiss, who had escaped from Germany with her parents and was la...

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The Roanoke Times

Of all the details Evelyn Juers could have used to characterize what America looked like to Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger upon arriving in New York in 1940, she chose this: On bookstands was Thomas Wolfe’s novel “You Can’t Go Home Again.” Indeed, the Europe treasured by Heinrich — novelist, dr...

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Grave Tells

Damned and Defiant is a recommended read and I would definitely would read it again, but only after reading the first two books in the series!

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