Early Work

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Picador USA
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5.3 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

ANDREW MARTIN's stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Zyzzyva, and The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, and his non-fiction has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Harper's, and other publications. He has received fellowships from the UCross Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. Early Work is his first novel.


"You know when you're like, 'I need a new book, but nothing's right. Nothing's funny enough, brave enough, interesting enough. Nothing scares me. I've seen it all'? Early Work is the book for you. It will shut you up with its perfect depiction of what it's like to be a flawed human, and better, it will make you forget why you despaired in the first place." --Rebecca Schiff, author of The Bed Moved

"Early Work by Andrew Martin . . . is really dirty . . . It's a book about young graduate students who drink a lot, read a lot, have a lot of sex, and somehow, it's just mesmerizing . . . terrific." --Ann Patchett, PBS NewsHour

"Marvelous . . . Read [Early Work] on a beach for the refreshment of a classic boy-meets-girl plot, or turn the pages more slowly to soak in some truly salty koans and morally insolvent characters . . . It's an accomplished and delightful book, but there's no hashtag for that." --Molly Young, The New York Times

"[Andrew] Martin introduces characters in sharp, funny flash-portraits that declare the book's intention to perch, vape in hand, on the border of earnestness and satire . . . Early Work is a gift for those readers who like being flirted with by thoughtful and interesting people, and who like observing such people as they flirt with each other." --Katy Waldman, The New Yorker

"Funny and trenchant . . . Martin takes on the boozy world of writers with the panache of J. P. Donleavy's classic bawdy tale of intellectual debauchery The Ginger Man. . . . [Early Work] cleverly dramatizes writers who overcome early indulgences to hone their skills and master their craft." --Bruce Jacobs, Shelf Awareness

"Compulsively readable . . . [Early Work] asks big questions about ambition and success and art and love, but it's also a story of a love affair, delicious and horrible in equal measure." --Emily Temple, Literary Hub

"Stunning . . . whip-smart and rather disturbing . . . [Andrew] Martin has a remarkable ear for natural dialogue and pitch-perfect, witty banter . . ." --Dana Hansen, Chicago Review of Books

"A wry and pitch-perfect novel about late-twentysomething writers and lazy-progressive creatives in varying stages of existential crisis . . . Early Work is a cautionary tale; it reveals, with damning irony, that one who romanticizes the agonized and drug-addled artist, prioritizing the lifestyle over any actual output, does so at his peril. Because, eventually, the people around him will have created some early work of their own--if only for the opportunity to move beyond it." --Arianna Rebolini, BuzzFeed

"A well-written . . . amusing debut about what it takes to succeed or fail in love or art." --Kirkus Reviews

"That moment in early adulthood when life seems full of possibilities but is also incredibly scary forms the sweet spot of [Andrew] Martin's astute debut ... A smart and beautifully observed story about fallible people." --Publishers Weekly