* Want Not by Jonathan Miles

I had loved Dear American Airlines, a one-man lamentation about his life mistakes, but Want Notdid not hit the spot for me. It features three very, very vaguely interconnected stories with only middlingly interesting characters and a wholly unbelievable ending.

But in the wreckage there are beautifully observed moments. The young man whose unexpectedly pregnant girlfriend wants to continue their dumpster-diving lifestyle while he thinks it’s time to move to the mainstream, or the divorced professor who feels liberated by giving away his belongings are both touching. Alas, the glimpses come late in the stories and are overrun by repetitive descriptions of drinking sessions and suburban boredom — and the over-hyped Burning Man festival, still tediously hip.

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  1. Pingback: *** Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles | FT's Books

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