Flatscreen coverBy Adam Wilson

In Wilson’s debut novel, Flatscreen, the biggest act of youthful rebellion from this rich poor man’s Judd Nelson is his exploration of the sartorial possibilities of the common bathrobe. He wants for nothing (save to get laid); lives in the shadow of his older brother, Benjy; and supports his recreational drug habit with a regular stipend from his remarried father. Nice work if you can get it, but when Eli’s mother sells their home to a disabled former D-list television star named Kahn, the thin walls of distraction that surround Eli begin to crumble, and he must face the reality of his wastrel’s existence.

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