Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the story of James Sveck, a sophisticated, vulnerable young man with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it. James is eighteen, the child of divorced parents living in Manhattan. Articulate, sensitive, and cynical, he rejects all of the assumptions that govern the adult world around him-including the expectation that he will go to college in the fall. He would prefer to move to an old house in a small town somewhere in the Midwest. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You takes place over a few broiling days in the summer of 2003 as James confides in his sympathetic grandmother, stymies his canny therapist, deplores his pretentious sister, and devises a fake online identity in order to pursue his crush on a much older coworker. Nothing turns out how he'd expected.
"Possibly one of the all-time great New York books, not to mention an archly comic gem" (Peter Gadol, LA Weekly), Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is the insightful, powerfully moving story of a young man questioning his times, his family, his world, and himself.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Well written and attentive to the pain that teenagers go through in growing up, with the pressure to make life changing decisions. Worth the read.
I read this book in German and it was amazing! I'm still reading it in English. By the way, I read it the first time when I was about 14 years old because I found it in a book store, I started reading and couldn't stop (still in the store), till my mum bought for me ..!
Now I'm 17 and I really don't know why, but it's captivating me!
This pain will someday be useful to you
This story has so much promise. But as Gertrude Stein once wrote, "There's no there there."