“AT ONCE MORDANTLY FUNNY AND ACHINGLY SAD . . . A SOUL MAP FOR MODERN SUBURBIA.”
Bestselling author of The Dress Lodger
Cutting through the landscape, connecting small towns to the world at large, the Long Island Expressway (the L.I.E.) has many exits–and each one tells a story. It’s the late eighties in Long Island, New York, and eighteen-year-old Harlan Kessler plays in a band, parties with friends, and struggles with a family that offers anything but a Kodak moment. The one ray of hope in Harlan’s life is Sarah DeRosa. With her by his side, Harlan just might make the right choices between love and aggression, intimacy and absence, finding himself and losing his mind. . . .
“[AN] ENGAGING DEBUT . . . If we feel we’ve heard enough about the land at malls and cloverleafs, we’re wrong: it’s probably the most authentically American experience there is, a point that Hollander makes in a blur of concrete, exit signs, and self-deprecating hilarity.”
–Los Angeles Times
“REMARKABLE . . . COMPELLING . . . POWERFUL . . . A young man’s head-on collision with the failed American Dream . . . What makes this book one of note is Hollander’s unique storytelling style. . . . You’ll be richly rewarded by an original, edgy experience.”
–Fort Worth Star-Telegram
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.48(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.53(d)|
About the Author
David Hollander grew up in Suffolk County, Long Island. A graduate of the State University of New York at Purchase and the Sarah Lawrence College writing program, he lives in Brooklyn.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Best book ever and a good movoe
this may very well be my favorite book. i love the way he captures all the different aspects of life in suburbia by weaving a lot of different people's lives together. i think this is a book any teenager could appreciate.
I love this book.
I loved the book, the sci-fi twist ending, the greatness of growing up on long island, something i can relate to! i just enjoyed this brand new autors debut book and can't wait for his next work
L.I.E. is a rare treat. They say that first novels tend to be autobiographical, and there's enough detail here about Long Island to show that Hollander knows this setting well. But the book isn't just about the suburbs, at least that's not the way I read it. Harlan Kessler, the main character (sort of), is having very strange things happen to him, that couldn't occur on Long Island or anywhere else for that matter. He's being observed by some kind of reptilian monster, he's being hunted down by mannequins driving limousines, he's hearing his own life story mysteriously recorded on a cassette tape. For me, this is the book's darkest side. Harlan is trying to balance his dead-end life in the suburbs, but what's worse is that his experiences in L.I.E. all point to the fact that his life may not be real, somehow. Although Hollander uses a lot of unnecessary 'experimental' techniques in the book (too many italics!), his strength is in showing the 'unreality' behind his characters' reality. It's a daring debut, and I've gotta give it five stars.