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We're All Damaged
by Matthew Norman


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Andy Carter was happy. He had a solid job. He ran 5Ks for charity. He was living a nice, safe Midwestern existence. And then his wife left him for a handsome paramedic down the street.

We're All Damaged begins after Andy has lost his job, ruined his best friend's wedding, and moved to New York City, where he lives in a tiny apartment with an angry cat named Jeter that isn't technically his.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Andy Carter was happy. He had a solid job. He ran 5Ks for charity. He was living a nice, safe Midwestern existence. And then his wife left him for a handsome paramedic down the street.

We're All Damaged begins after Andy has lost his job, ruined his best friend's wedding, and moved to New York City, where he lives in a tiny apartment with an angry cat named Jeter that isn't technically his. But before long he needs to go back to Omaha to say good-bye to his dying grandfather.

Back home, Andy is confronted with his past, which includes his ex, his ex's new boyfriend, his right-wing talk-radio-host mother, his parents' crumbling marriage, and his still-angry best friend.

As if these old problems weren't enough, Andy encounters an entirely new complication: Daisy. She has fifteen tattoos, no job, and her own difficult past. But she claims she is the only person who can help Andy be happy again, if only she weren't hiding a huge secret that will mess things up even more. Andy Carter needs a second chance at life, and Daisy--and the person Daisy pushes Andy to become--may be his last chance to set things right.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781503933378
  • ISBN-10: 1503933377
  • Publisher: Little a
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 282
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Family Life
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-04-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Norman’s engaging and often funny new novel, Andy Carter is having a bad year. His wife has left him for a good-looking paramedic, he ruined his best friend’s wedding, lost his white-collar job after breaking down at a meeting, then ran off to New York from Omaha to become his new boss’s “third-best bartender.” Now his grandfather is dying, and he needs to go home and say goodbye. But home has changed; as a result of his mother’s growing success as a right-wing radio star (she’s being groomed for the majors at Fox News), his parents moved into a McMansion in a neighborhood patrolled by a supercilious rent-a-cop named Don Johnson. Then he meets a friend of his grandfather, a young woman named Daisy, as quirky as an Aubrey Plaza character, who takes him on as a personal project even as he continues to exhibit endearingly bad judgment. Daisy, though, is less a character than a plot device, and her backstory threatens the narrative’s blend of irony, physical comedy, and redemption. Even so, Norman (Domestic Violets) manages to pull on the reins by the end, resulting in a satisfying read. (June)

 
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