From the moment her daschund humped his leg on a Soho street, aspiring rock star/subway performer Curtis Birnbaum knew he was a goner. He sensed Camilla was a woman who would equally inspire and terrify him. And, miraculously, his ploys for her affection work. With the addition of Camilla to his life, the only thing he lacks for complete happiness is that elusive record deal (and some health insurance). But then, ominously, Camilla begins to slip away.
In this daring East Village love story, Nick Fowler gives us a hero who is completely honest about his heartbreak. We root for Curtis as he bottoms out and blunders his way through a series of hilarious misadventuresfrom a nude modeling stint, to a regretable steam room incident at Crunch gym, to a destination he has only dreamed of: the top floor of Worldwide Plaza where the record moguls preside. Through it all, Curtis remains determined to win back Camilla. Delightfully quirky and unexpectedly poignant, A Thing (or Two) about Curtis and Camilla conjures a tale about the price of love that is as true as it is hysterical.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Series:||Vintage Contemporaries Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.17(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.88(d)|
About the Author
Nick Fowler, a musician, has written for Metal Edge, Teen Beat, and other illustrious magazines, and has appeared on The Tonight Show and The Sopranos. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, graduated from Cornell University, and now lives in New York City with his dog, Luigi.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite novels. I'm currently reading it for the third time. I love the way Fowler writes about lost love -- Curtis searches desperately for 'loopholes' in the contract of love he had with Camilla. I loved the story, the characters, and the writing style. I am desperately awaiting another novel from this author!!
My primary complaint about this book is that I did not like the character of Curtis. Although I like complex, well-developed characters as much as anyone, I just found him annoying. It was difficult to care about his relationship with Camilla, and I wanted it to fail. I picked up this book expecting a quick, funny read and found myself struggling to finish it.
Reading... A Thing (or Two) about Curtis and (Camilla) is a like having a dinner party with a bunch of great friends! You and the writer, Nick Fowler, accidentally begin...eating off of each others plate. He draws you in and intimately carries you through a year in the life of super goofy, unresistable and self-deprecating Curtis Birnbaum. I was completely absorbed. Yes I had to say it!
i got an advance copy. i loved it. much hipper than hornby's novels. really nicely written. a great summer read. ps: the publisher's weekly review is moronic.