Someday this pain will be useful to you (Book, 2007) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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Someday this pain will be useful to you

Author: Peter Cameron
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
It's time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he's surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary--a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in twenty-first-century Manhattan, he's more at home in the faraway worlds of Eric Rohmer or Anthony Trollope--or his favorite writer, the obscure and tragic Denton Welch. James's sense of dislocation is
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Genre/Form: Young adult books
Young adult works
Fiction
Juvenile works
Didactic fiction
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Secondary (senior high) school, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Cameron
ISBN: 0374309892 9780374309893 9780312428167 0312428162
OCLC Number: 70483641
Notes: "Frances Foster Books."
The Cushing Library/Women & Gender Studies copy was acquired as part of The Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture.
Awards: Ferro Grumley Award, 2008
Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2007
Target Audience: Young Adult.
Description: 229 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Peter Cameron.

Abstract:

It's time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he's surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary--a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in twenty-first-century Manhattan, he's more at home in the faraway worlds of Eric Rohmer or Anthony Trollope--or his favorite writer, the obscure and tragic Denton Welch. James's sense of dislocation is exacerbated by his willfully self-absorbed parents, a disdainful sister, his Teutonically cryptic shrink, and an increasingly vague, D-list celebrity grandmother. Compounding matters is James's growing infatuation with a handsome male colleague at the art gallery his mother owns, where James supposedly works at his summer job but where he actually plots his escape to the prairie. In the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Booklist has hailed Cameron as "one of the best writers about middle-class youth since Salinger"), Peter Cameron paints an indelible portrait of a teenage hero holding out for a better grownup world. -- Publisher description.

Eighteen-year-old James living in New York City with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find a direction for his life.

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