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  • Elif Batuman is a writer whose byline creates a flutter of anticipation… If a dominant mode of her generation is knowing introspection, she writes with a bewildered outrospection that delights in the bathetic and the absurdIt’s a novel about being young and stupid that’s both wise and clever — and it’s a treat.

    Evening Standard
  • Each paragraph is a small anthology of well-made observations Batuman has a rich sense of the details of human attachment and lust.

    New York Times
  • Beautifully written... a wry, funny coming-of-age story set at the dawn of email among a group of Harvard brainiacs too nerdy and self-involved to even think about sex, drugs and drinking.

    Daily Mail

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