Ryan Boudinot’s story collection The Littlest Hitler
was an Amazon.com and Publishers Weekly
“Book of the Year” choice, and established him as one of the most promising talents of a new generation of American writers. With Misconception,
Boudinot has delivered a startlingly original debut novel on one hand a smart and provocative coming-of-age story, on the other a fresh and witty comment on the unreliability of memory and storytellingthat is sure to command attention.
Cedar Rivers is on a strange errand. A doctor sidelined into the strange world of the first dot-com boom, he has come to Albany
, New York
, in between business in Iceland
and home in Silicon Valley
, to meet a woman he hasn’t seen in twenty years. Then a Chuck Taylorshod proto-Goth with chipped black nail polish, Kat is now a literary up-and-comer who has summoned him to Albany
to vet her memoiran account of the summer they were sweethearts. As if that weren’t enough, she’s written parts of it from his point of view. Through an intense weekend in a snowed-in motel room, Cedar and Kat relive their most painful memories: Before they had a chance at first love, Kat’s mother and her new fiancé dragged Kat off on a family sailing trip. Kat returned with a secret, one whichwhen she shared it with Cedarset off a series of drastically miscalculated assumptions that dominoed into a moment of startling tragedy.
A tender, absurd, and heartbreaking novel about the unintended consequences of first love and bad judgment, Misconception
slyly questions the way we narrate our memories and assign culpability. With a sharp eye for human foibles and a trenchant cleverness that dances off the page, Ryan Boudinot announces himself as a young writer who is here to stay.
Ryan Boudinot reading 'I Used to Be a Plastic Bottle!' at Literary Death Match Seattle
Literary Death Match Seattle, Ep. 1: Ryan Boudinot from Opium Magazine on Vimeo.