"One of the best and most vivid evocations of [September 11] that I've read." Jay McIneryny, The Guardian
“McDonell is forging himself a place as this generation’s champion of angst-riddled youth. . . . A terrific novelist already, McDonell is close to a spot at the table occupied by the likes of Barth, Bellow, Roth and Updike.” Jon Land, The Providence Journal
Nick McDonell’s debut novel, Twelve
, was a publishing sensation. It was an international best seller, garnished phenomenal reviews, and established its seventeen-year-old author as an important literary voice. In The Third Brother
, McDonell delivers another remarkable novel, a haunting tale of brotherly love, family tragedy, and national grief.
Mike was a lucky child: a vacation house on Long Island
, famous family friends, an Ivy League education, and also an older brother, Lyle, who looked out for him and protected him from his parents’ volatile marriage.
Mike is spending the summer working for a magazine in Hong Kong when his editor sends him to Bangkok
to report on the drug-tourism crackdown. But Mike’s real mission is to find Christopher Dorr, a brilliant journalist and old friend of his parent who has gone AWOL. This is the beginning of a vertiginous journey that propels Mike into seedy nights in Thailand
and back to New York
, to a home wrecked by violence.
Praise for Twelve:
"As fast as speed, as relentless as acid . . . McDonell sketches in these characters with brisk authority, deftly cutting from one subplot to another in quick, cinematic takes. . . . He gives us a palpable sense of the privileged but spiritually desolate world that his characters inhabit." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Twelve . . . delivers a satirical, even playful portrait of a world that is perilous but essentially humane. . . . [McDonell] renders Manhattan’s cosseted Upper East Side with both the casual authority of an insider and the wry distance of an observer. . . . He maintains a teasing affection for the absurdities of adolescencean impressive feat of synthesis." Jennifer Egan, The New York Times Book Review
"Like Bret Easton Ellis’s first novel, Less Than Zero, it is a report on the secret lives of certain privileged young Americans that is likely to shock some (if not all) of their oblivious parents. . . . It will command attention. . . . [McDonell] employs a prose style that affects pithiness and puncha bit of Hemingway here, a bit of Hammett there, short paragraphs and terse dialogueand that contains, beneath the tough-guy veneer, a soft inner core of sentimentality." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"The artfulness of Twelve is undeniable. The story moves, dips into big issues of race and class, and has great writing that reveals what McDonell calls ‘the spiritual debilitation of a generation.’" Heidi Benson, San Francisco Chronicle