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- Pub. Date: April 2010
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
- Format: Hardcover, 352pp
- Sales Rank: 29,856
A masterful, inventive thriller from a remarkably assured and always surprising young writer. Perpetual graduate student Joseph Geist is at his wit's end. Recently kicked out of their shared apartment by his girlfriend, he's left with little more than a half bust of Nietzsche's head and the realization that he's homeless and unemployed. He's hit a dead end on his dissertation; his funding has been cut off. He doesn't even have a phone. Desperate for some source of income, he searches the local newspaper and finds a curious ad: CONVERSATIONALIST SOUGHT. SERIOUS APPLICANTS ONLY. PLEASE CALL 617-XXX-XXXX BETWEEN SEVEN A.M. AND TWO P.M. NO SOLICITORS. And so Joseph meets Alma Spielman: a woman who, with her old-world ways and razor-sharp mind, is his intellectual soul mate. How is he to know that what seems to be the best decision of his life is the one that seals his fate?
I'm having a hard time putting into words what I thought of this book and I'm not sure why. I really enjoyed it. I found it to be interesting and engaging.
I don't know how I would classify this book. It's part mystery, part one man's story. I guess it doesn't really fit into any one niche, but it is good and definitely worth a read.
My only complaint is the narration perspective changed in the last little bit of the book which threw me a bit but once I adjusted, I decided it worked okay with the book itself.
So I'm going to keep this review short and succinct. If you're looking for a different kind of read, you should consider this book.