Want Not

Want Not

eBook - 2013
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A New York Times Notable Book

“A wonderful book, and there’s no one I would not urge to read it . . . This is the work of a fluid, confident and profoundly talented writer who gets more fluid, more confident and seemingly more talented even within the book itself.” —Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review

A highly inventive and corrosively funny story of our times, Want Not exposes three different worlds in various states of disrepair—a young freegan couple living off the grid in New York City; a once-prominent linguist, sacked at midlife by the dissolution of his marriage and his father’s losing battle with Alzheimer’s; and a self-made debt-collecting magnate, whose brute talent for squeezing money out of unlikely places has yielded him a royal existence, trophy wife included.

Want and desire propel these characters forward toward something, anything, more, until their worlds collide, briefly, randomly, yet irrevocably, in a shattering ending that will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.

“Shrewd, funny, and sometimes devastating . . . What Want Not does best, though, isn’t plotting but portraits of humanity: the small epiphanies and private hurts of every person whose life, like the detritus they produce, is as beautifully mundane and unique as a fingerprint.” —Entertainment Weekly

“An impassioned work of fiction.” —Dallas Morning News

From the author of Dear American Airlines, a highly inventive and corrosively funny story of our times.

Baker & Taylor
The former New York Times columnist and author of the award-winning Dear American Airlines charts the course of three intersecting people who on Thanksgiving Day confront the realities of a life off the grid, a midlife slump and a second chance, all of which are compromised by irresistible desires. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780544114630
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 01, 2015

Interconnected stories which make their point about waste, futility and modern morality, but at the end they remain as isolated as the characters in them.

Dec 22, 2014

Well-written commentary on consumption, waste, and morality.

JCLMELODYK Jun 03, 2014

Jonathan Miles crafts three separate stories in this novel of loss and desire. Micah and Talmadge are freegan lovers who invite an old friend into their New York City squat and their dumpster diving lifestyle. Dr. Elwin Cross wants his wife back, wants his father to be whole again and swims through his grief with 100 extra pounds and a compassionate heart. And Dave Masoli gathers debt and repels the love of his trophy wife Sarah and her wounded daughter. Along the way Miles masterfully weaves in minor characters and memories with such ease the reader desires both the beaten path and the road less traveled.

JCLBlakeO Mar 23, 2014

A five-star read that has everything I look for in good fiction: engaging plot, lively characters, message-between-the-lines, colorful prose. It's all here, in abundance. Miles can write! More extensive review on my blog: http://logosmojo.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/want-not/

ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2013

"Jonathan Miles' debut, Dear American Airlines, took the form of a scathing, touching, and funny letter to the airline, demanding a refund. He continues to have fun with the structure of the novel with Want Not, in which linked stories relate the tales of a large cast of characters. Connected by themes of trash, refuse, and other unwanted items, these characters - freegans, linguists, octogenarian historians, remarried widows - have enough going on for several novels. Readers interested in hefty plots and detailed characters will enjoy this literary, witty, mostly-Manhattan-set novel." Fiction A to Z December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=711899

niftygal Dec 01, 2013



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