THE SECOND ENTRY IN THE PICADOR TRUE TALES SERIES: ONE OF LIFE'S TRICKIEST RITES OF PASSAGE COLLECTED INTO AN UNFORGETTABLE VOLUME OF STORIES
The fraught relationship between roommates is a true cultural obsession. Shows like Friends
, The Golden Girls
, The Odd Couple
, and New Girl
have held us rapt for decades, simultaneously delighting and disconcerting us with their depictions of mismatched couples' cringe-worthy awkwardness and against-all-odds friendship. Maybe it's that uniquely unnatural experience of living with a total stranger that ignites our curiosity, or just that almost all of us, for better or worse, have had one of our own.
In Stephanie Wu's The Roommates
, people of all ages reveal their disastrous, hilarious, and sometimes moving stories of making their best friend for life or lifelong nemesis. Learn what it's like to share a room in places as unusual as a thirty-person beach house, a billionaire's yacht, a reality show mansion, and a retirement hotel, and those as familiar as sleepaway camps, boarding schools, and college dorms. Put down your roommate's dirty dishes and passive-aggressive Post-it's for this eye-opening glimpse into how people live together in the modern age.
You'll meet: The Amateur Taxidermist - The Alcoholic Genius - The Kleptomaniac - The Rent Stiffer - The Naked Nanna - The Serial Roommate - The Top Chef - The Recovered Addict - The Russian Missionary - The Obsessive Lesbian - The Impersonator - The Party Poopers...and many more!
"The Roommates [is] a collection of anonymous housemate horror stories that draws a picture of a twenty-first century household and how it's changing impossibly quickly...Raw stories that feel honest and authentic." --The Washington Post
"A fine choice to pack into your college-bound child's backpack--if only to remind them, upon meeting their new randomly selected roommate, that it could probably be worse." --The Boston Globe
"Hilarious...agonizing chronicles of the passive aggressive and the plain incompatibles." --Publishers Weekly