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Indecision A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Benjamin Kunkel
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0812973755
ISBN-13: 9780812973754
Sku: 202147953
Publish Date: 4/11/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  241
Age Range:  NA
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A young man plagued by chronic indecision is "pfired" by Pfizer and journeys to Ecuador in pursuit of an old flame.
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Dwight B. Wilmerding is only twenty-eight, but he's having a midlife crisis. He lives a dissolute existence in a tiny apartment with three (sometimes four) slacker roommates, holds a mind-numbing job at the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, and has a chronic inability to make up his mind. Encouraged by one of his roommates to try an experimental drug meant to banish indecision, Dwight jumps at the chance (not without some vacillation about the hazards of jumping) and swallows the first fateful pill. And when all at once he is ?pfired? by Pfizer and invited to a rendezvous in exotic Ecuador with the girl of his long-ago prep-school dreams, he finds himself on the brink of a new life. The trouble?well, one of the troubles?is that Dwight can't decide if the pills are working. Deep in the jungles of the Amazon, in the foreign country of a changed outlook, his would-be romantic escape becomes a hilarious journey into unbidden responsibility and unwelcome knowledge?and an unexpected raison d'être.Facing an early midlife crisis after being fired, twenty-eight-year-old Dwight B. Wilmerding is unable to decide on a new career or on a girlfriend, an indecisiveness that he attempts to alleviate with a trial pharmaceutical aimed at enhancing courage and self-confidence, and heads to Ecuador to search for Natasha, an exotic former classmate. A first novel. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
This satiric debut, which stars a slacker who is pathologically unable to make up his mind about anything, has drawn comparisons to CATCHER IN THE RYE. Twenty-eight-year-old Dwight Wilmerding has a tough time with every decision, whether it concerns finding a new job after his dull tech-support position at Pfizer gets outsourced to India, the future of his relationship with his girlfriend Vaneethia, or what to do about his troubling feelings for his sister Alice. One of Dwight's roommates offers him some help: a sample of a new drug, Abulinix, designed to treat chronic indecision. Dwight gives it a try just before he takes off for what proves to be a revelatory trip (in several senses) to Ecuador.


Publishers Weekly
"Annoying but accomplished, this entertaining book has screenplay written all over it." 07/18/2005

Kirkus Reviews
"It isn't high art, but it's full of high spirits." 08/29/2005

New York Times Book Review
"INDECISION...manages to make the whole flailing, postadolescent, prelife crisis feel fresh and funny again....If Kunkel had stopped his novel some 20 or 30 pages earlier, he would merely have written the funniest and smartest coming-of-age novel in years. In fact, he seems to be trying to do something more ambitious by somewhat abashedly presenting the birth of a social conscience as a genuinely redemptive moment....[I]t seems to me that Kunkel manages, just barely, to preserve the superb comic tone of the novel, even as he gestures, like some literary voice in the wilderness, toward a hazy new frontier of hip sincerity, of irony subordinated to a higher calling." - Jay McInerney 08/28/2005

New York Times
"[H]e's funny, Dwight is, and kind of earnest and definitely a lost soul, which in the end, I admit, really sort of gets to you....Old Dwight's book really knocked me out." - Michiko Kakutani 08/23/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0241
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Trade
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