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The Bachelor

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The Bachelor by Andrew Palmer
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Jul 05, 2022 | ISBN 9780593230916

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“This unassuming, sharp novel quietly questions love and the nature of perception in an overconnected world.”—The Seattle Times
 
“A funny, smart, quietly beautiful novel about the search for narrative—in art, in work, in life.”—Walker Caplan, Literary Hub

“Encountering fish in a barrel, Andrew Palmer opts not to shoot but to watch, really watch. His ridiculously good debut is an intelligent, tender, surprising, and earnest examination of American love and loneliness. I wanted the book, just like the TV show, to keep going and going.”—Chris Bachelder, author of The Throwback Special

“Andrew Palmer’s debut is a fantastically original chronicle of romantic mishap and artistic ambition. In its counterintuitive pairing of reality TV and confessional poetry, this book asks sneakily profound questions about the underlying structures of desire that dictate our lives. I loved it.”—Andrew Martin, author of Early Work 

The Bachelor may be a satire, except that it is utterly sincere. The whole time I was reading it, I felt terrifically happy.”—Salvatore Scibona, author of The End and The Volunteer

“I will read anything Andrew Palmer writes. With shades of W. G. Sebald, Frederick Exley, and Ben Lerner, and a warmth and humor all its own, Palmer’s first novel shows the hidden currents that bind our culture in songs of longing and hope . . . It is the definitive (literary) word on our reality-television era.”—Greg Jackson, author of Prodigals

 “The Bachelor is a thoroughly winning account of a young man’s intellectual and romantic missteps. It’s sharp and insightful, and also very, very funny. I gobbled it down. It’s not often that a book can make me feel less lonely, but this one did.”—Rachel Monroe, author of Savage Appetites

“Intriguing, amusing, provocative, and insightful passages contribute to the book’s success as a novel equally concerned with the heart and the mind. A quietly accomplished and unusually constructed novel that marks the debut of a significant talent.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Palmer’s unexpected juxtapositions and probing spirit make this an original portrait of a lovelorn dreamer.”—Publishers Weekly

“[A] quiet, meditative, and fascinating debut novel . . . Thoughtful, often very funny, and full of amazing passages that capture how engrossing reality television can be, this a sterling and moving debut.”Booklist

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