Submarine: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 25, 2008 - Fiction - 320 pages
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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • “[Dunthorne’s] precocious talent and cheerful fondness for the teenage male are showcased in Submarine. . . . Oliver’s voice is funny and dead-on.”—The New York Times Book Review(Editors’ Choice)

At once a self-styled social scientist, a spy in the baffling adult world, and a budding, hormone-driven emotional explorer, Oliver Tate is stealthily nosing his way forward through the murky and uniquely perilous waters of adolescence. His objectives? Uncovering the secrets behind his parents’ teetering marriage, unraveling the mystery that is his alluring and equally quirky classmate Jordana Bevan, and understanding where he fits in among the mystifying beings in his orbit. Struggling to buoy his parents’ wedded bliss, deep-six his own virginity, and sound the depths of heartache, happiness, and the business of being human, what’s a lad to do? Poised precariously on the cusp of innocence and experience, Oliver Tate aims to damn the torpedoes and take the plunge.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Joe Dunthorne's Wild Abandon.

Praise for Submarine

“[Joe Dunthorne is] probably destined to be compared with Mark Haddon and Roddy Doyle.”The Miami Herald

“This absolutely winning debut novel isn’t so much a coming-of-age tale as it is a reflection on what it means to be a certain age and of an uncertain mind.”Los Angeles Times

“A brilliant first novel by a young man of ferocious comic talent.”The Times (London)

“Preternaturally wise, slightly devious and highly entertaining.”USA Today
 

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User Review  - camharlow2 - LibraryThing

A revealing and at times humorous story of growing up in south Wales in the late 1990s, as Oliver Tate, 16, experiences love for the first time and also tries to cope with the pressures of GCSEs at ... Read full review

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User Review  - moonlit.shelves - LibraryThing

I did not like this novel at all. Is there anything redeeming about Oliver Tate? I made myself finish reading this book and would not recommend it. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea, South Wales. His poetry has been featured on Channel 4 and Radio 3; he has performed at festivals including Glastonbury, Hay-on-Wye, and Latitude. Now twenty-five, Dunthorne lives in London. Submarine is his first novel.

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