The Best of Youth by Michael Dahlie
A Novel

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What happens when an introverted young writer takes on a ghostwriting gig for a violent, drug-addicted Hollywood star? In the case of Henry Lang, the result is a string of outrageous disasters, but disasters that are ultimately hilarious, gripping, and deeply moving.


When twenty-something Henry Lang loses his parents in a sailing accident, he’s left entirely alone in the world but also with an inheritance of fifteen million bucks. He decides to head to Brooklyn to immerse himself in the place he’s quite sure is the absolute heart of American youth culture to try and make it as a writer and editor at a young upstart literary magazine. He hopes to fall in love too.

Unfortunately, Henry soon finds himself navigating increasingly baffling social difficulties with both women and work, eventually leading him to near ruin when he’s hired to ghostwrite a young adult novel. Henry’s integrity and entire fortune are on the line, and no one is sure if he can rescue either.


By turns uproarious and tragic, The Best of Youth is a brilliant comedy of manners, introducing us to a surprising modern-day hero for an age where the mean-spirited and the famous triumph all too often.

 

About Michael Dahlie

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Michael Dahlie won the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award for his novel A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living, and he received a Whiting Award in 2010. He is currently the Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence at Butler University in Indianapolis.
 
Published January 28, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 272 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Every young writer can probably tell stories about the chaos and romance of their first year as a working scribe.

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A ghostwriting job for D-list actor Jonathan Kipling offers potential until Jonathan turns out to be a persnickety editor who seduces Henry’s unrequited crush and picks apart Henry’s work before taking all the credit for the resulting bestseller.

Nov 26 2012 | Read Full Review of The Best of Youth: A Novel

The Boston Globe

Henry is “happy,” “pleased,” and “delighted” when things aren’t “terrible,” “excruciating,” or “unnerving.” Henry senses, but never fully grasps, that Brooklyn might not be the most vibrant and wonderful place in the world;

Jan 30 2013 | Read Full Review of The Best of Youth: A Novel

Open Letters Monthly

Richard Russo praises the “seeming effortlessness” of the book’s prose – delusionally, since even a well-disposed reader will notice how quickly Dahlie gets winded by the few complex set-pieces he attempts, and how often he lazily repeats himself (if you made it a drinking game – one shot of whis...

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Boston.com

Henry is “happy,” “pleased,” and “delighted” when things aren’t “terrible,” “excruciating,” or “unnerving.” Henry senses, but never fully grasps, that Brooklyn might not be the most vibrant and wonderful place in the world;

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(she says hypothetically) And across the ether, I feel my love's heart pleading to me, "If you care for me at all, open the book, open the book, open the book..."

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