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WANT NOT

Miles, Jonathan (eBook - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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On Thanksgiving Day a freegan couple living off the grid in Manhattan, a once prominent linguist struggling with midlife, and a New Jersey debt-collection magnate with a second chance at getting things right randomly and briefly collide as the weight of their desires ultimately undoes each of them, leaving them to pick up the pieces from what's left behind.
Authors: Miles, Jonathan
Title: WANT NOT
[electronic resource (eBook)]
Publisher: BOSTON :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2013.
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Content Type: text
Media Type: computer
Carrier Type: online resource
Restrictions on Access: May be limited to subscribing institutions.
Summary: On Thanksgiving Day a freegan couple living off the grid in Manhattan, a once prominent linguist struggling with midlife, and a New Jersey debt-collection magnate with a second chance at getting things right randomly and briefly collide as the weight of their desires ultimately undoes each of them, leaving them to pick up the pieces from what's left behind.
ISBN: 0544114639
9780544114630
Statement of Responsibility: Jonathan Miles
Subject Headings: Manhattan (New York, N.Y.) Fiction. Thanksgiving Day Fiction. Interpersonal relations Fiction. Conduct of life Fiction. Self-realization Fiction. Desire Fiction.
Genre/Form: Electronic books.
Topical Term: Thanksgiving Day
Interpersonal relations
Conduct of life
Self-realization
Desire
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Jun 03, 2014
  • JCLMELODYK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jonathan Miles crafts three separate stories in this novel of loss and desire. Micah and Talmadge are freegan lovers who invite an old friend into their New York City squat and their dumpster diving lifestyle. Dr. Elwin Cross wants his wife back, wants his father to be whole again and swims through his grief with 100 extra pounds and a compassionate heart. And Dave Masoli gathers debt and repels the love of his trophy wife Sarah and her wounded daughter. Along the way Miles masterfully weaves in minor characters and memories with such ease the reader desires both the beaten path and the road less traveled.

Mar 23, 2014
  • JCLBlakeO rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A five-star read that has everything I look for in good fiction: engaging plot, lively characters, message-between-the-lines, colorful prose. It's all here, in abundance. Miles can write! More extensive review on my blog: http://logosmojo.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/want-not/

Feb 21, 2014
  • Patron11822 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Certainly opened my eyes to the unseen side of consumption.

"Jonathan Miles' debut, Dear American Airlines, took the form of a scathing, touching, and funny letter to the airline, demanding a refund. He continues to have fun with the structure of the novel with Want Not, in which linked stories relate the tales of a large cast of characters. Connected by themes of trash, refuse, and other unwanted items, these characters - freegans, linguists, octogenarian historians, remarried widows - have enough going on for several novels. Readers interested in hefty plots and detailed characters will enjoy this literary, witty, mostly-Manhattan-set novel." Fiction A to Z December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=711899

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