You Know Who You Are by Ben Dolnick
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A gorgeous novel of family life, You Know Who You Are is the story of the Vine family, Arthur, Alice, and their three children. The eldest, Will, is well-mannered and academically driven. The youngest, Cara, is a sweet little charmer. Jacob, the middle child, is less sure of who he is. He’s funny, he’s impulsive, and he is often held hostage by his urges to make chaos. But when their mother, Alice, falls ill, Jacob begins to experiment--guiltily, nervously--with the special freedoms conferred on the motherless.
 
Following the Vines as Jacob moves through high school, college, and beyond, You Know Who You Are is a wise, funny, elegiac novel of moving on, pulling together, and answering that most complicated of questions: who will you decide to become?


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About Ben Dolnick

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Ben Dolnick grew up outside of Washington, D.C., and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife. He is the author of a novel, Zoology, and his work has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times and Five Chapters.
 
Published March 22, 2011 by Vintage. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Songs, stories, death like a dimmer switch in the sky.” While Jacob is terribly self-involved, Emily is a poorly drawn cipher, flip-flopping between cold aloofness and teenage lust with abandon.

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For example, describing Emily’s interest in sex, he writes: “Like the occasional cigarettes she smoked … there was something in her desire for sex that seemed to Jacob the product of fashion.” Later, when college-age Jacob catches a glimpse of a later girlfriend, he notes “There’s a thing that ha...

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The Washington Post

“You Know Who You Are,” Washington-area native Ben Dolnick’s secondcoming-of-age novel, is the story of Jacob Vine.

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Austin Chronicle

He views his path as diametrically opposed to that of his older brother, Will (who, in another symbolic naming choice, goes by his full name during a particularly self-assured phase in college, thus meaningfully appending "I am" to the appellation his family used for two decades), but it's the ev...

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Time Out Chicago

And when Jacob realizes he’s headed to the college at the bottom of his list, there’s genuine nostalgic pathos over the moments that loom so large in adolescence.

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