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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

(2007)
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It's time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he's surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary—a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in twenty-first-century Manhattan, he's more at home in the faraway worlds of Eric Rohmer or Anthony Trollope—or his favorite writer, the obscure and tragic Denton Welch. James's sense of dislocation is exacerbated by his willfully self-absorbed parents, a disdainful sister, his Teutonically cryptic shrink, and an increasingly vague, D-list celebrity grandmother. Compounding matters is James's growing infatuation with a handsome male colleague at the art gallery his mother owns, where James supposedly works at his summer job but where he actually plots his escape to the prairie.

In the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Booklist has hailed Cameron as “one of the best writers about middle-class youth since Salinger”), Peter Cameron paints an indelible portrait of a teenage hero holding out for a better grownup world.

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September 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel
Author(s): Peter Cameron
ISBN: 0-374-30989-2 / 978-0-374-30989-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Paperback Editions

April 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel
Author(s): Peter Cameron
ISBN: 0-312-42816-2 / 978-0-312-42816-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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June 2008 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You
Author(s): Peter Cameron
ISBN: 1-921372-14-1 / 978-1-921372-14-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe Publications
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Audio Editions

November 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Author(s): Peter Cameron
ISBN: 0-7393-7289-0 / 978-0-7393-7289-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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November 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Author(s): Peter Cameron
Publisher: Listening Library
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November 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe, 6 Cds [Complete & Unabridged Audio Work]
Author(s): Peter Cameron
ISBN: 0-7393-7253-X / 978-0-7393-7253-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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Kindle Editions

April 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel
Author(s): Peter Cameron
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA