Everything Happens Today

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Jesse Browner's dazzling new novel records a single day in the life of Wes, a seventeen-year-old who attends Manhattan's elite Dalton School and lives in Greenwich Village in a dilapidated town house with his terminally ill mother, distant father and beloved younger sister. In the course of one day everything will happen to Wes: he will lose his virginity to the wrong girl and break his own heart, try to meet a Monday morning deadline for a paper on War and Peace, and prepare an elaborate supper he hopes will ...

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Overview

Jesse Browner's dazzling new novel records a single day in the life of Wes, a seventeen-year-old who attends Manhattan's elite Dalton School and lives in Greenwich Village in a dilapidated town house with his terminally ill mother, distant father and beloved younger sister. In the course of one day everything will happen to Wes: he will lose his virginity to the wrong girl and break his own heart, try to meet a Monday morning deadline for a paper on War and Peace, and prepare an elaborate supper he hopes will reunite his family. Wes struggles through the day deep in thoughts of sex, love, Beatles lyrics, friendship, God and French cuisine-a typical teenager with an atypical mind, a memorable young man who comes to the poignant understanding of how fragile but attainable personal happiness can be.

Everything Happens Today is funny, moving, generous and exhilarating. With a classic structure that nods, inevitably, to Mrs. Dalloway and characters worthy of comparison to those created by J.D. Salinger, Everything Happens Today will enchant young adults who see themselves in the story as well as adult readers who will be captured by the deeply sympathetic characters and the acute feel for the way we live now. Most readers will want it never to be over.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Following The Uncertain Hour, Browner’s latest tracks the emotional peregrinations of precocious Wes (who describes himself as a “typo” in the world’s story) the day after he drunkenly loses his virginity to Lucy, a rumored temptress at the elite private school they attend on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Lucy but Delia, a serene Buddhist senior, for whom Wes had been pining this past year. What about love? Has Wes had it wrong this whole time? As if this weren’t enough for a distraught 17-year-old, he must also contend with an as yet unwritten paper on War and Peace; a mother stricken with MS; a deadbeat dad; and a lovable little sister Wes wishes desperately to protect from the cruel world (but doubts he’ll be able to). Throughout the day, Wes attempts to make sense of his sexual transformation and is continually thwarted by the unpredictability of the world and its inhabitants. Thankfully, Browner avoids a saccharine resolution, opting instead to let Wes’s struggles work as a meditation on life, love, and disappointment. Wes learns to delight in the ambiguities of the world, a place he realizes is far more complicated and beautiful than even Tolstoy’s masterpiece could ever convey. (Oct.)
Joseph O'Neill
"A deeply compassionate novel by a very fine writer."
Library Journal
Sixteen-year-old Wes, the protagonist of this literary experience of teenage angst, attends Manhattan's elite Dalton School but lives downtown in the Village. A modern Holden Caulfield with an iPhone (though he's both smarter and more interesting than Salinger's antihero), Wes tolerates a mentally absent father, cares for a slowly dying mother, and protects his younger sister. The narrative proceeds organically through Wes's turmoil about losing his virginity to the "wrong" person. As he comes to grips with his fears, the unexpected happens; he is pleasantly surprised by life and rediscovers the authenticity of a real human relationship. In the midst of this tumultuous awakening, we experience his closeness with real people. This is magic. This is hope. In addition, we learn how to cook sweetbreads! VERDICT Browner (The Uncertain Hour) has crafted a stupendous, thought-provoking, devilishly delicious novel that reads like Zen koan meets Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man with some modern "english" that sets the plate spinning. Highly recommended.—Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos P.L., CA
Kirkus Reviews

An angst-filled day in the life of a young man whose hope for an idyllic relationship is intruded upon by life's rich realities.

The latest from Browner (The Uncertain Hour, 2007, etc.) is a rumination on young love and the promises therein. Browner's Caulfield-esque ruminator is Wes, a 17-year-old living in Greenwich Village with his dying mother and an emotionally departed father. What is sweet in Wes' family life is his ebullient relationship with his little sister Nora, who calls him "Daddy-O" and whom Wes obviously adores. Unfortunately it's a day of massive self-recrimination for Wes, who has come home on the Walk of Shame after losing his virginity to a lovely young thing named Lucy. This development has shattered Wes' fantasy of following up on his box of fantasies dubbed, "This thing with Delia." As Wes inoculates his guilt with old Elliot Smith lyrics, his friend James is one of the few to tell him the truth. "There is no thing with Delia," James says. "There never has been a thing with Delia. It's all in your head, like a piece of shrapnel." Though there is plenty of navel-gazing in Wes' restrained sense of panic and gloom, Browner does a fine job of mixing the incongruities of modern communication—readers may wince with every ping of the iPhone—with the timeless anxiety of young people finding their way. "I seem to be paralyzed by the challenge of doing the right thing," Wes confesses. "It's not like it's straightforward, the way you might think. There seems to be a trick to it, like a trick of the mind, or a trick or perspective, or something."

A light, modern and keen look at the discord between whimsy and prudence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609450519
  • Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,471,875
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jesse Browner is the author of four books including the novels Conglomeros (Random House 1992), Turnaway (Random House 1996) and The Uncertain Hour (Bloomsbury 2007). He has also translated a number of notable books including the award winning Celine: A Biography. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Loved this charmer of a book!

    I'm a huge fan of Jesse Browner's, having loved THE UNCERTAIN HOUR. This new novel, EVERYTHING HAPPENS TODAY, is as gorgeously written, and equally as surprising. The characters are wonderfully vivid, their relationships all full of love. This book will leave you laughing, thinking and wanting to stay longer with these wonderful characters. I hugely recommend it.

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