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Grab On to Me Tightly As If I Knew the Way

(2006)
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A wise, bighearted, and hilarious look at one teenager's life by a remarkable new voice in contemporary fiction

It's 1992, and as Vim Sweeney deals with the recent end of his high school career and the uncertainty of his future, America shares his angst. In Seattle, Kurt Cobain reeks of teen spirit. In Washington, George Bush (the first one) has just finished rattling his saber at Saddam Hussein. And in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Vim is trying to put off adulthood and all that comes with it, whatever that is, for as long as he can. He's already juggling guitars, girls, and a long-absent biological father who's suddenly making noise about Wanting to Be Involved. And he still can't convince his friends why local schoolboy hero Derek Jeter is bound for obscurity.

Grab On to Me Tightly as if I Knew the Way traces Vim's stumble toward adulthood as he comes to terms with his parents, balances friendships and infatuation with varying levels of success, and accepts that the things he thought would last forever probably won't. Generous in spirit and laugh-out-loud funny, here is a novel that introduces a tremendous new talent and deftly captures the alternately amusing and harrowing process of holding on until you find your way.

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"As brave and funny a debut as I've read in a long time." - Sam Lipsyte


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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: Grab on to Me Tightly As If I Knew the Way
Author(s): Bryan Charles
ISBN: 1-4352-8265-5 / 978-1-4352-8265-0 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

June 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Grab On to Me Tightly as if I Knew the Way: A Novel
Author(s): Bryan Charles
ISBN: 0-06-088298-0 / 978-0-06-088298-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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May 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Grab On to Me Tightly as if I Knew the Way: A Novel
Author(s): Bryan Charles
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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