Foster Dade Explores the Cosmos
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"A New England boarding school whodunit set in the early aughts, Foster Dade unfolds in an unlikely way, including through blog posts and playlists that capture the teen angst of the early internet era, before we were all so intertwined with each other."--THE BOSTON GLOBE, Best New Books for Summer 2023
"Stylistic flourishes in the form of playlists, legal papers, and entries from Foster's blog provide a convincing...panorama of the school's microcosm . . . Jenkins proves to be a keen world builder and a mostly engaging raconteur."
"A compelling mystery that uncovers the harmful reaches of privilege, power, and toxic masculinity . . . Jenkins's writing is a joy to read, with plenty of humor and intense emotional reckonings that come with growing up in the early years of the twenty-first century."--CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS, a must-read book selection
"A transfer to a New Jersey boarding school falls in with two social heavy hitters and gets expelled. The student who moves into his old dorm room tries to figure out why. This debut novel . . . is a late-aughts period piece -- think BlackBerrys and Vampire Weekend -- with prep-school-scandal bones."
--CHICAGO MAGAZINE, summer reading recommendation
"If Holden Caulfield had been dropped into the Obama era, he might be Foster Dade, the protagonist of Jenkins' exhilarating debut novel . . . [Full] of wit, enriched by social insights about class, masculinity, and adolescence. . . An enduring story of adolescents struggling to find the narratives they wish to tell."--THE NATIONAL BOOK REVIEW
"Ambitious . . . [A] finely observed account of teen angst and awkward sex in an academically demanding environment marked by privilege and cliques and the cruelty they breed."
"In this striking debut, Nash Jenkins captures the rarefied world of an East Coast boarding school with uncanny specificity. But in mining this privileged milieu, Jenkins unearths something universal: An exploration of the teenage tendency to self-mythologize that's funny, heartbreaking, and real."--SAM LANSKY, author of Broken People
"Nash Jenkins's preternatural understanding of America's upper class lets us see what's really going on beneath all those layers of Ralph Lauren and Yves St. Laurent. Full of teenaged yearning and the myths we make long into adulthood, Foster Dade Explores the Cosmos delivers on its ambition--and then some."--RAFAEL FRUMKIN, author of Confidence and The Comedown
"A fresh and acutely observed portrait of a modern young man. Foster Dade Explores the Cosmos throbs with candor and longing."--JULIA MAY JONAS, author of Vladimir