Praise for Dylan Hicks:"Hicks is a terrific writer who can craft a simile with the best of them." —Kirkus Reviews "The joy in Hicks' debut arises less from plot than from the writing itself: nuanced, ingenious, perceptive, funny." —The Star Tribune "Do yourself a favor and read this smart, tender book. The characters will haunt you with their longing, and inspire you witPraise for Dylan Hicks:"Hicks is a terrific writer who can craft a simile with the best of them." —Kirkus Reviews"The joy in Hicks' debut arises less from plot than from the writing itself: nuanced, ingenious, perceptive, funny." —The Star Tribune"Do yourself a favor and read this smart, tender book. The characters will haunt you with their longing, and inspire you with their sweet, caustic wit." —Sam LipsyteArcher is a semi-celebrated novelist and sex-toy heir. His best friend, John, is as earnest as Archer is feckless. John’s girlfriend, Sara, envies Archer’s writing career. And Sara’s roommate, Lucas, wishes he’d never lost his girlfriend to the man. Money, friendship, and resentment unspool in the conversations we have as we’re coming of age and coming to grips.Dylan Hicks is a writer and musician. His first novel, Boarded Windows, was published in 2012, along with a companion album of original songs, Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene. His journalism has appeared in the Village Voice, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Star Tribune, and elsewhere. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Nina Hale, and their son, Jackson....
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"Part of the fun of AMATEURS is how these oddball personalities interact with one another when they’re in the same room. These are the types of people who catalogue words others use and Google them later, who point out every malapropism midconversation, who use get-togethers to debate the history of masturbation as “a perversion of Enlightenment ideals,” drawing arguments from their own essays and the Bible alike. And their games of one-upmanship, their tête-a-têtes, give the novel a fun repartee, in addition to highlighting Hicks’s ear for dialogue."—Hit the link to read more of Zachary Kocanda's review of AMATEURS, by Dylan Hicks.https://heavyfeatherreview.com/2016/0...
This book is 262 pages in length and I made it through fifty. I believe that if an author plans to write fiction then that author has a responsibility to tell a good story - or at least a story of some description - and that means having a plot. It also seems a reasonable request that the author make a start on the plot within the first 50 pages. If there was any plot line in Amateurs I failed to find it. I can see this book appealing to some individuals who are into post-modern literature but I'm not so this book was definitely not for me.
I read the prologue and the first chapter. Not sure if I finished the first chapter... the short version of this review is that there was so much back story that I got frustrated. The book wasn't yet about what the description said it was going to be and I got tired of waiting for it to be the promised book.Does that make sense?
Although this book comes across sort of hipster-ish and intellectual at first, I found the characters are actually very relateable once you get to know them better. I recommend this book to anyone interested in becoming a writer. It lays out the frustrations of the creative process quite nicely in my opinion.
The most compelling parts of this story seemed glossed over while the more banal were described in depth. I finished the book out of mild curiosity rather than intrigue or not out of any great love of character.