You & Me by Padgett Powell
A Novel

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You and Me lacks an identifiable central event or climax; characters do not evolve over the course of the book. This reviewer wishes You and Me had more story.
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Padgett Powell, author of the acclaimed The Interrogative Mood and “one of the few truly important American writers of our time” (Sam Lipsyte), returns with a hilarious Southern send-up of Samuel Beckett’s classic Waiting for Godot.

Truly a master of envelope-pushing, post-postmodern American fiction, in a class with Nicholas Baker and Lydia Davis, Powell brilliantly blends the sublime, the trivial, and the oddball in You & Me, as two loquacious gents on a porch discuss all manner of subjects, from the mundane to the spiritual to the downright ridiculous.

At once outrageously funny and profound, You & Me is yet another brilliant, boundary-bursting masterwork, proving once again that, “there are few writers who understand both the beauty and the absurdity of language as well as Padgett Powell” (Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang) and that, “Padgett Powell is one of the best writers in America, and one of the funniest, too” (Ian Frazier).

You & Me: A Novel won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction.

 

About Padgett Powell

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Padgett Powell is the author of six novels, including Edisto, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and two collections of stories. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, and the Paris Review, as well as in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Sports Writing. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award, the Rome Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, where he teaches at MFA@FLA, the writing program of the University of Florida.
 
Published July 31, 2012 by Ecco. 211 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for You & Me
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Aug 14 2012

There’s no emotional resonance to these lines. Mentally, you’re too busy...

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Reviewed by Michael Miller on Aug 01 2012

The surprises here come not through plot development but rapid changes in subject; every time you think you know where they're headed, they cut into new and strange verbal territory.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Adelberg on Jul 31 2012

You and Me lacks an identifiable central event or climax; characters do not evolve over the course of the book. This reviewer wishes You and Me had more story.

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