A new novel by bestselling author Nicholson Baker reintroduces feckless but hopeful hero Paul Chowder, whose struggle to get his life together is reflected in his steadfast desire to write a pop song, or a protest song, or both at once.
"In sparkling and witty prose, Baker reminds readers why he's one of the masters of the contemporary novel." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The comfortable conversational style Baker uses is the perfect vehicle for his free-flowing prose in this trip through Chowder's psyche as he turns 55, analyzes his existence, and attempts to set a meaningful path forward. There's as much humor as angst in Chowder's midlife crisis, and Baker conveys it all with the slightest shifts of intensity and tone. Baker's understated emotional range is effective at delivering both the intimacy of Chowder's inner struggles and his self-deprecating chuckles at his awkward attempts to be cool. This is a stellar example of an author successfully narrating his own work." (AudioFile)