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YOU comma Idiot
     

YOU comma Idiot

by Doug Harris
 

The slacker novel of the decade.

Marginalized and alienated, perennial fuck-up Lee Goodstone is a resounding zero: a small-time hash-dealing slacker with no ambition about where his life isn't going. One morning, Honey, his best friend's girlfriend, inexplicably jumps into bed with him. Then another friend, Henry, is accused of kidnapping a teenaged

Overview

The slacker novel of the decade.

Marginalized and alienated, perennial fuck-up Lee Goodstone is a resounding zero: a small-time hash-dealing slacker with no ambition about where his life isn't going. One morning, Honey, his best friend's girlfriend, inexplicably jumps into bed with him. Then another friend, Henry, is accused of kidnapping a teenaged girl no one knew he was seeing. Lee gets embroiled in the mêlee, finds himself making flip remarks to the media, and his mediocre existence officially spirals out of control.

Told in the second person, YOU comma Idiot is a laugh-out-loud flight on the wings of the protagonist. The roller-coaster ride of a plot leads at breakneck speed to places even Lee can't anticipate.

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"As reader, we are both trapped inside Lee's vision of the world, and watching Harris get it all down with delicious verve and wit. . . . I found this a brave book. A hyper-lucid guy plays against the odds, bats out of his league and survives to tell the tale, just." — roverarts.com

"By the end of the novel, Lee felt like an old-friend, someone that I had run into again after a long time and spent the day reminiscing with. Harris's book is a surprisingly meaningful work. . . . You comma Idiot is mostly a really fun and engaging read, and a welcome break from all the other "eccentric" or "quirky" novels out there, overbearing in their attempts at literary greatness through offbeat realism." — The McGill Daily

"More entertaining and relevant than any of the books that won Canadian literary prizes in 2010." — Brian Fawcett (dooneyscafe.com), author, Human Happiness

"YOU comma Idiot ... puts the fun back in books. You�ll bust your guts laughing and you might even crack a rib." — Chad Pelley, Saltyink.com

"A whippet-quick, greasy read. Harris is to Montreal what novelist Russell Smith is to Toronto. . . a clever wordsmith/observer of the underengaged and slothful." — Gary Curtis, The Hamilton Spectator

The McGill Daily
"By the end of the novel, Lee felt like an old-friend, someone that I had run into again after a long time and spent the day reminiscing with. Harris's book is a surprisingly meaningful work. . . . You comma Idiot is mostly a really fun and engaging read, and a welcome break from all the other "eccentric" or "quirky" novels out there, overbearing in their attempts at literary greatness through offbeat realism."
Uptown
"[A] hash-fuelled joyride about some less than beautiful losers ... YOU comma Idiot is a black comedy with some neat twists. Throw in a fresh jacket design and endpaper illustrations by the author and you have a winner."
Broken Pencil
"[A] fun read with a serious dark side."
Globe and Mail - Zoe Whittall
"Exceptionally realistic — consistently funny. ... A funny slice of life slacker dude style. ... If you were ever a teenaged badass in Montreal, you will know Lee Goodstone. He's the kind of dealer you can befriend with ease; he'll smoke you up for the exchange of his appreciative glances and harness the kind of wit an adolescent girl will swoon for in its cynical wisdom, and later recognize as trite."
Montreal Gazette - Joel Yanofsky
"Keen and often humorous ... the fun [Harris] appears to have writing this novel spills over to those of us reading it."
dooneyscafe.com - Brian Fawcett
"More entertaining and relevant than any of the books that won Canadian literary prizes in 2010 ... High velocity purity that doesn't once check itself in the mirror to see if it looks good ... It's a book full of surprises, some of them uncomfortable, a few uplifting, none plot-driven or arbitrary, and there's absolutely no navel lint clouding the view."
Chronicle Herald - Megan Power
"Rapid-fire, authentic and a pleasure to read."
Hamilton Spectator - Gary Curtis
"A whippet-quick, greasy read. Harris is to Montreal what novelist Russell Smith is to Toronto... a clever wordsmith/observer of the under-engaged and slothful."
Saltyink.com - Chad Pelley
"You comma Idiot ... puts the fun back in books and is sure to be one of the fall's most entertaining reads. You'll bust your guts laughing and you might even crack a rib. More importantly, all humour aside, Harris is great writer. There is a praise-worthy attention to detail here, and that's what makes it the page-turning accomplishment it is."
Canadian Literature 216 - M. Sean Saunders
"[A] blistering social satire, set in Montreal, which frequently had me laughing out loud. ... a tour de force of second-person narration."
roverarts.com
"As reader, we are both trapped inside Lee's vision of the world, and watching Harris get it all down with delicious verve and wit. ... I found this a brave book. A hyper-lucid guy plays against the odds, bats out of his league and survives to tell the tale, just."
McGill Daily
"By the end of the novel, Lee felt like an old friend, someone that I had run into again after a long time and spent the day reminiscing with. ... Harris's book is a surprisingly meaningful work. ... YOU comma Idiot is mostly a really fun and engaging read, and a welcome break from all the other 'eccentric' or 'quirky' novels out there, overbearing in their attempts at literary greatness through offbeat realism."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780864926685
Publisher:
Goose Lane Editions
Publication date:
02/17/2012
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

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Meet the Author

In his teens, Doug Harris unloaded watermelon trucks from Florida and disposed of corpses at an animal hospital. Then, in his twenties, he got through film school by working night shifts as a hospital orderly — once again transporting dead bodies. Though it was hard to leave the cadavers behind, at 24 Doug co-wrote and directed the feature film Remembering Mel, a quirky, ambitious comedy that was screened in Canada, Great Britain, and Germany. Today he runs an award-winning video production company.

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