The Adulterants

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Tin House Books
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5.8 X 0.8 X 8.7 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Joe Dunthorne's debut novel, Submarine, won the Curtis Brown prize, was translated into sixteen languages and adapted into an award-winning film by Richard Ayoade. His second novel, Wild Abandon, won the Society of Authors' Encore Award. A pamphlet of his poems was published by Faber and Faber. His stories and poems have appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney's and The London Review of Books.


Blisteringly funny and brimming with caustic charm--a joyous diagnosis of our modern ills that made me laugh out loud even when it was breaking my heart.--Paul Murray, author of SKIPPY DIES
A domestic comedy that explodes the myths of manhood with joyful pandemonium.--Kirkus
Darkly funny, Ray's story embodies the modern failure-to-launch affliction, the problems of an adult who will not grow up. . . . Dunthorne's conversational style is the perfect tone for delivering this late coming-of-age story with humor.--Booklist
Dunthorne is a superbly economical writer--he crams an awful lot of plot into 173 pages--and one with a poet's sensibility: a room is described as 'uncle-scented'; a paper plate of baba ganoush is 'smooshed' under a shoe. He is also properly funny. . . . But throughout, the novel's comedy is always balanced by insight and poignancy.--The Guardian
Wincingly good and brilliantly observed . . . [A] riveting read led by a character we care about and believe in.--The Minnesota Star Tribune
The Adulterants is a richly illuminating comedy of disappointment, uproarious and mournful, that places Joe Dunthorne triumphantly in the tradition of Evelyn Waugh and (that other Swansea resident) Kingsley Amis. A deft, brilliant, surprising joyride.--The Arts Desk