"It's a book that reads
like a movie and demands to be read in one sitting; you get the same pleasure
from reading this book that you can get from movies. It not only captures a
certain Hollywood lifestyle, but it also sums up the period.... 'Sad Movies'
is both hilarious and affirmative, two traits which one rarely comes across
in good books about Los Angeles -- and which are both totally welcome here."
-- Bret Easton Ellis
"Perceptive and hilarious....
One of the best sketches about a young man's attempt
to find himself since 'The Graduate.'"
-- New York Newsday
"Among the most promising
writers of his generation.... Lindquist's sharp eye for detail defines not only
his characters, but the entire atmosphere of 1980s Hollywood."
-- Los Angeles Reader
"A strange, swiftly paced
story that is funny and curiously powerful."
-- Denver Post
"Clever ... whimsical ...
a novel in dialogue about seeking the meaning of life."
-- Publisher's Weekly
... I can hardly wait for the movie."
-- New York Times Book Review
"Not long ago, Gary Fisketjon left Vintage Books, where he had
made a significant mark, to join Atlantic Monthly Press. He has taken with him
at least one major author in Richard Ford, and the strong visual design that
characterized his Vintage books. He has clearly not lost his ability to find
good young American writing, if this new trade paperback is any indication....
'Sad Movies' begins like a hip, west coast version of Kingsley Amis's 'Jake's
Thing,' it soon turns into a sort of hip, west coast G.K. Chesterton's 'Manalive....'
'Sad Movies' is a rapid-fire, roller coaster sort of book.... Mark Lindquist has
written an intriguing, likable novel, and Gary Fisketjon's post-Vintage
reputation appears safe."
-- Bookroom Review
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