Annotations for Best of Youth


Baker & Taylor
After inheriting a large sum of money, Henry Lang moves to Brooklyn to live like a 20-something hipster and pursue his dream of a publishing career but instead finds himself in increasingly disturbing situations.

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Baker & Taylor
After inheriting a large sum of money, Henry Lang moves to Brooklyn to live like a twenty-something hipster and pursue his dream of a publishing career but instead finds himself in increasingly disturbing situations.

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Norton Pub
After inheriting fifteen million dollars, a twenty-four-year-old moves to Brooklyn to pursue his entirely delusional vision of contemporary youth culture.

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Norton Pub
Henry Lang is a smart but unassuming young man with a degree from Harvard and limited social skills. After his parents are killed in a freak sailing accident, leaving him a substantial inheritance, he moves to Brooklyn to see if he can make it in publishing, perhaps fall in love, and attend the sorts of parties and events that he imagines twenty-somethings in Brooklyn most likely frequent.Unfortunately, Henry is somewhat of a target for other, more savvy Brooklynites. He finds himself in a string of increasingly troubling situations and demoralizing romantic adventures. Things finally fall apart for him in catastrophic ways when he agrees to ghost-write a young adult novel for a charismatic but drug-addicted and sometimes-violent actor. Will Henry lose everything he has to save his integrity? By turns hilarious and tragic, The Best of Youth is a brilliant modern-day comedy of manners.

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WW Norton
What happens when an introverted young writer takes on a ghostwriting gig for a violent, drug-addicted Hollywood star? In the case of Henry Lang, the result is a string of outrageous disasters, but disasters that are ultimately hilarious, gripping, and deeply moving.

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WW Norton
When twenty-something Henry Lang loses his parents in a sailing accident, he's left entirely alone in the world but also with an inheritance of fifteen million bucks. He decides to head to Brooklyn to immerse himself in the place he's quite sure is the absolute heart of American youth culture to try and make it as a writer and editor at a young upstart literary magazine. He hopes to fall in love too.Unfortunately, Henry soon finds himself navigating increasingly baffling social difficulties with both women and work, eventually leading him to near ruin when he's hired to ghostwrite a young adult novel. Henry's integrity and entire fortune are on the line, and no one is sure if he can rescue either.By turns uproarious and tragic, The Best of Youth is a brilliant comedy of manners, introducing us to a surprising modern-day hero for an age where the mean-spirited and the famous triumph all too often.

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