Early Sobrieties (Hardback)
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Early Sobrieties (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages
Published: 27/06/2024
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Dennis Monk's attempts to stay sober seem thwarted at every turn by his uptight parents and overachieving friends in this deliciously witty debut about coming-of-age for a second time.

Dennis Monk is about to spend his first summer sober. At twenty-six he is ready to re-join sensible adult life, but just when Dennis needs stability, his uptight parents kick him out into a world of couch-surfing.

Everything around him has changed and everyone he knows seems to be doing better than he is. At every street corner, former classmates, estranged drinking buddies, and prospective lovers threaten to burst the bubble of his recovery. And Dennis Monk is about to learn the difference between getting sober and staying sober in this new world.

Early Sobrieties is a devastatingly witty novel about coming of age a second time. Deagler’s debut marks the arrival of an astonishing new voice in American fiction.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529153811
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 38 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 26 mm


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Michael Deagler is the real deal. This novel is surprising in all the best ways. The actions of the complex and complicated people in this world are not predictable, but always, frighteningly, believable. Deagler writes with great control and understatement. This is a truly intelligent work from a clearly intelligent writer - Percival Everett, 2023 Windham Campbell Prize recipient and author of Dr. No

Illuminating and moving—Deagler’s debut pulls in a reader with such an inviting clarity. There’s something about the honesty in this voice that creates a lot of room for the reader to connect, imagine, and feel - Aimee Bender, author of The Butterfly Lampshade

This is a funny, sad but – first of all – incredibly soulful novel. It offers an unflinching account of the life which has to be lived in the aftermath of a change of heart. Here is a narrator who is clear-eyed and yet sun-dazzled; born again but as an actual newborn. It will literally make you laugh and it will literally make you cry. - Aidan Cottrell-Boyce, author of The End of Nightwork

Emotionally raw, often jaded, but still full of wonder, Early Sobrieties is an incredibly funny and tender story. Michael Deagler does a fantastic job of bringing into relief the absurdities of being a young adult and trying to find your place in a changing world - Craig Finn, songwriter and frontman of The Hold Steady

A luminous and observant debut about all the strangeness of returning to the places that formed you. The prose is spectacular - Akil Kumarasamy, author of Meet Us by the Roaring Sea

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“Cheers”

I didn't know what to expect from this and I was pleasantly surprised. It was episodically presented as the newly sober protagonist lurches from one whacky scenario to the next, reflecting on his drink-soaked... More

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“Very contemporary, with added messy, sad boy vibes.”

This sharply acerbic and witty debut follows Dennis Monk, a young man who has stopped drinking, as he tries to make sense of a sober lifestyle whilst finding himself again. Set in sections and written in the first... More

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