Ryan Boudinot (Author)


Cedar Rivers is on a strange errand. A doctor sidelined into the strange world of the first dot-com boom, he has come to Albany, New York, in between business in Iceland and home in Silicon Valley, to meet a woman he hasn't seen in twenty years. Then a Chuck Taylor-shod proto-Goth with chipped black nail polish, Kat is now a literary up-and-comer who needs Cedar to vet her memoir--an account of the summer they were sweethearts. As if that weren't enough, she's written parts of it from his point of view. Through an intense weekend in a snowed-in motel room, Cedar and Kat relive their most painful memories: Before they had a chance at first love, Kat's mother and her new fiancé dragged Kat off on a family trip. Kat returned with a secret, one which--when she shared it with Cedar--set off a series of drastically miscalculated assumptions that dominoed into a moment of startling tragedy. Misconception is a startlingly original debut novel--a smart and provocative coming-of-age story, and a fresh and witty comment on the unreliability of memory and storytelling--that establishes Ryan Boudinot as one of the most promising talents of his generation.

Product Details

$14.00  $12.88
Grove Press, Black Cat
Publish Date
August 25, 2009
5.56 X 0.68 X 7.12 inches | 0.43 pounds
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About the Author

Ryan Boudinot lives in Seattle, WA.


"Misconception takes on the question of truth in storytelling, as well as matters of the heart, and the mysteries of coming into one's own, all with a sensitivity and intelligence that is truly moving, and a sense of humor that, page after page, will warm your cockles. A gem of a first novel." -- Charles Bock
"Ryan Boudinot will make you love characters even when they are being despicable and foolish, and he writes about relationships in a way that is perceptive, honest, and refreshing. But there is something more going on. Misconception is a book riven with insight, humor, and style. And it is among the finest debuts I have ever read." -- Stephen Elliott
"A comic symphony--a story with side-splitting action, treacherous wit, and vise-grip lyricism . . . Here, bleak is beautiful, and lucid, lovable characters jump into your arms. Misconception gives fresh voice to our most important American secrets." -- Maria Flook
"Ryan Boudinot's tragic narrators, Cedar and Kat, deliver a rollicking tour of adolescence that pivots on a gasp. Misconception is as twisted as watching your own sperm swim under the microscope in biology class and as irresistible as a twenty-year secret about sex, death, and paternity." -- Aimee Liu