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Sophomores

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Sophomores by Sean Desmond
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Jan 26, 2021 | ISBN 9780525542681

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One of New York Post’s Best New Books to Read
 
“A moving family drama.” New York Post

“[A]n evocative tale of coming of age in suburbia…Sophomores is equal parts funny and heart-rending and will be remembered long after high school or last call.” –Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

“This book is excellent. It’s such a great story. It takes place in the ‘80s, in Dallas; think Dead Poets Society, coming of age. It’s funny, it’s also sad….Highly recommend it.” –Dana Perino, host of “The Five”

“Sean Desmond mined his experiences growing up in the 1980s in Dallas for his new novel, Sophomores.” –Dallas Morning News

“With Sophomores, Sean Desmond (Adam’s Fall) evokes late-1980s Dallas and its suburbs with eerie precision….A rich, subtle story of family grief and love, teenaged seeking and adult angst…Sophomores is a sharp, crystalline look at a few months in the lives of a “regular” family. With a keen gaze, it captures a city in transition and a boy just coming of age. Dan and his parents will stay with the reader long after the story is finished….[A] poignant and searching novel.” Shelf Awareness

Sophomores is a raw, honest coming of age story….It is heartfelt and raw and portrays a family traveling through a challenging period in their lives, hoping to break the cycle, but not sure how to accomplish it.” —Fresh Fiction

“Like Anne Tyler’s fiction, Desmond’s tale simmers as it shifts among members of the family, and an unspoken tension is present throughout. Infused with a dry and mournful humor, this slice of late 1980s nostalgia is a quietly fascinating exploration of coming of age, faith, and heritage.” Booklist 

“Desmond is good at conveying suburban angst.” Publishers Weekly 

“Desmond’s novel is smartly written and structured…” Kirkus Reviews

“A witty, melancholic and affecting story about a family that struggles with the curse of knowing their own failings. Sophomores is a smart and beautiful novel about growing up and getting through that readers will savor.” –Sarah Bird, author of Alamo House 
 
“With sensitivity and great wit, Sean Desmond brings the 1980s to life in a big-hearted family saga that knows and loves its characters from deep within. An enthralling read.” –Bruce Holsinger, author of The Gifted School

“Sophomores
 is the most mature adventure in immaturity I’ve ever read, a mordantly funny year in the life of a teenage boy who, true to his Irish-Catholic origins, sees and feels everything. Despite what the world heaped on this kid’s shoulders, I found myself laughing every other page and wishing I was a part of the crew Sean Desmond manufactured to make the world a more interesting place.” –Eric Dezenhall, author of The Devil Himself

“Few writers have the talent to bring off a book like this—a Tom-Wolfe-on-the-Trinity, wittily observed, affectionate skewering of a particular time and place, in this instance Dallas in the ‘80s—but Sean Desmond succeeds brilliantly. It’s by turns funny and touching, and always entertaining, with nods to Bonfire of the VanitiesDead Poets SocietyCatcher in the Rye, and your favorite ‘80s high school movie. I was sad upon reaching the last page.” –James Donovan, author of The Blood of Heroes

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