You Were Wrong by Matthew Sharpe
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Meet Karl Floor: friendless, motherless, put-upon, living with his loudmouth stepfather and pretending to take satisfaction from teaching high school math. Karl returns home one day to discover his apartment being robbed by a beautiful woman named Sylvia.

So begins a strange and mostly inadvertant saga: Karl, now in love with this unexpected woman, finds himself introduced to her friends and family, making promises to her, defending her honor (which she definitely has) against assailants (which she only might have). Sylvia is devastatingly attractive, and caught up in a situation that Karl, bless his heart, does his best to understand. As he gets pulled further into her life, and begged to solve her problems, Karl also begins to see his own limitations.

Confronting his confusing paternal situation, his issues with class and responsibility, Karl emerges as an ingeniously funny, memorable, and heartwarming anti-hero.

Matthew Sharpe addresses his heady themes with warmth and charisma. You Were Wrong is a lovingly satiric, intelligent, and deeply enjoyable novel with a voice all its own.


About Matthew Sharpe

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MATTHEW SHARPE is the author of the novels "The Sleeping Father "and "Nothing Is Terrible, "as well as the short-story collection "Stories from the Tube," He teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University. His stories and essays have appeared in "Harper's Magazine, Zoetrope, BOMB, McSweeney's, American Letters & Commentary, Southwest Review," and "Teachers & Writers," He lives in New York City.
Published September 5, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 190 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Because Sharpe is disinterested in penetrating Karl’s psyche (or anybody else’s) very deeply, the novel is mainly defined by how it jumps from ridiculous plot point to plot point—the various threads, involving blackmail, the ownership of the Floor family home and Karl’s capacity to love, all even...

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In other news, Karl has a romance: “They did not kiss so much as their mouths exchanged brief, pensive, tactile communications.” Karl goes home: he “climbed the stairs to his brown-gray room to log a few more hours of a life imprisonment that was no less severe for frequent furloughs of short dur...

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In Karl, Larchmont, and a pair of other male characters, Sharpe depicts various types of men and gleefully dissects their failings: Karl, sweet but passively cruel;

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She doesn’t like you.” “She may not like me but she loves me.” “She doesn’t love you, she despises you.” Whereupon, after a few more lines I can’t quote here, they fight.

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Midway through Matthew Sharpe's fifth novel, Karl Floor, a young man of 26, is trapped in a car while his loquacious and much-despised stepfather, Larchmont Jones, delivers a lecture on the building of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Did Karl know that the builders used an "open-cut format" in Re...

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