Apartment

Apartment

Longlisted for the 2020 Simpson / Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize
One of Vogue.com’s “Best Books of 2020 So Far”
One of Elle’s “Best Books of 2020 So Far”

Named A Most-Anticipated Book by The New York Times , Vogue, The Boston Globe, Salon,
The Millions, Inside Hook, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn

In 1996, the unnamed narrator of Teddy Wayne’s Apartment is attending the MFA writing program at Columbia on his father’s dime and living in an illegal sublet of a rent-stabilized apartment. Feeling guilty about his good fortune, he offers his spare bedroom--rent-free--to Billy, a talented, charismatic classmate from the Midwest eking out a hand-to-mouth existence in Manhattan.

The narrator’s rapport with Billy develops into the friendship he’s never had due to a lifetime of holding people at arm’s length, hovering at the periphery, feeling “fundamentally defective.” But their living arrangement, not to mention their radically different upbringings, breeds tensions neither man could predict. Interrogating the origins of our contemporary political divide and its ties to masculinity and class, Apartment is a gutting portrait of one of New York’s many lost, disconnected souls by a writer with an uncommon aptitude for embodying them.

Title:Apartment
ISBN:9781635574005
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    Apartment Reviews

  • chai ?

    I'm a big sucker for a good tragedy, and one that is set in the 90s and involves a struggling writer and his roommate seems right up my alley!...

  • Glenn Russell

    Apartment buildings in Manhattan's StuyTownApartment - Teddy Wayne's penetrating portrait of a lonely 24-year-old wannabe novelist living in an illegal sublet of a StuyTown apartment (paid for by his ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Engaging....Compelling.........a slow start....but ultimately cerebrally-enjoyable- in an exasperating way....with two young flawed pretentious-competitive - lads - as different as night and day...( s...

  • Anna Luce

    ★★★★✰ 4 stars “I'd been happy before just to be his classmate, to learn from him osmotically, but now I grew excited at what this might blossom into, the sort of close, symbiotic relations...

  • Nenia ?? Queen of Villainy ?? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestAPARTMENT takes a while to get going, which isn't really a good thing considering what a short book it is. Ultimately, I did end up liking it,...

  • Theresa

    Thank you, Netgalley and Bloomsbury for sending me a digital ARC, in exchange for an honest review.Wow. "Apartment" by Teddy Wayne made me cry. I wasn't expecting to feel a kaleidoscope of emotions, b...

  • Kelli

    Disclaimer on my current state of mind: I finished this the day that school ended and the state self-isolation began. Needless to say, I've been concerned, distracted, and desperately trying to retain...

  • Tooter

    5 Stars. Intense character study that leaves you feeling gutted in the end. ...

  • Jenna

    I think Teddy Wayne’s finest sleight of hand as an author is that he does not appear to be employing any sleight of hand. Rather, in this novel as well as in Loner, he so completely animates and inh...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    3.5 stars.This book is a throwback, but one with a distinctly modern feel. It's an interesting mashup of 90's culture with 10's awareness. The throwback is not just the setting (1996-1997, complete wi...