The Enthusiast: A Novel

The Enthusiast: A Novel

by Charlie Haas

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Overview

Henry Bay has his own America going. If there's an offbeat interest or extreme sport that's poised to sweep the nation, chances are there's a magazine for its enthusiasts, and chances are also good that Henry has worked there. He's a modern nomad, associate-editing his way from state to state, exploring the small worlds that make up modern America from Spelunk to Ice Climbing, to Cozy, The Magazine of Tea.

But those are other people's interests—Henry's still looking for his own enthusiasm. He ends up finding more than he ever imagined in this energetic, hilarious debut novel from a surprising and promising new voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061711824
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Charlie Haas's writing has appeared in Esquire, New West, The Threepenny Review, and Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing, among many other journals. His screenwriting credits include Over the Edge, Gremlins 2, and Matinee. He lives in Oakland with his wife, the writer and editor B. K. Moran.

What People are Saying About This

Greil Marcus

“I loved this novel from start to finish. It’s always funny and often profound. Again and again there are single lines that are both hilarious and saddening, that are alive both on the surface of the novel and in the depths of experience. It’s a triumph, it’s unique.”

Jerry Stahl

“As impossible to categorize as it is to put down. THE ENTHUSIAST occupies a smart, weirdly fascinating, sometimes laugh-out-loud, ever soulful universe all its own. As close to perfect as any first novel should ever be allowed to be.”

Anne Lamott

“I am having the most wonderful day, lying on the couch and reading Charlie Haas’s brilliant book. It is wonderfully written, charming, wise, sometimes funny, always real. Henry is the perfect narrator, and the book reads like a dream.”

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