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All the Dirty Parts

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
From best-selling, award-winning author Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), a gutsy, exciting novel that looks honestly at the erotic impulses of an all-too-typical young man.

Cole is a boy in high school. He runs cross country, he sketches, he jokes around with friends. But none of this quite matters next to the allure of sex.

'Let me put it this way,' he says. 'Draw a number line, with zero is you never think about sex and ten is it's all you think about, and while you are drawing the line, I am thinking about sex.'

Cole fantasises about whomever he's looking at. He consumes and shares pornography. And he sleeps with a lot of girls, which is beginning to earn him a not-quite-savoury reputation around school.

This leaves him adrift with only his best friend for company, and then something startling starts to happen between them that might be what he's been after all this time...and then he meets Grisaille.

All the Dirty Parts is an unblinking take on teenage desire in a culture of unrelenting explicitness and shunted communication, where queer can be as fluid as consent, where sex feels like love, but no one knows what love feels like.

With short chapters in the style of Jenny Offill or Mary Robison, Daniel Handler gives us a tender, brutal, funny, intoxicating portrait of an age when the lens of sex tilts the world.

'There are love stories galore,' Cole tells us. 'This isn't that. The story I'm typing is all the dirty parts.'

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"I loved ALL THE DIRTY PARTS. Super dirty! And great for arguing about. True and complicated, funny and voicey." - E Lockhart

"Take one sex-crazed teenage boy and take him seriously. Don't make him the butt of an easy joke. Don't make him the star of a humiliation comedy. Let him be an idiot, a jerk, a cad, a hero. Make his desire into a rocket shooting him out of this too small life. Show his loneliness crash-landing him into pieces. It's almost impossible to write tenderly and truthfully about such things. Somehow Handler has done it." - Jenny Offill


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Hardback Editions

August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: All the Dirty Parts
Author(s): Daniel Handler
ISBN: 1-63286-804-0 / 978-1-63286-804-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: All the Dirty Parts
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ISBN: 1-63286-805-9 / 978-1-63286-805-3 (USA edition)
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April 2018 : MP3 CD
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August 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: All the Dirty Parts
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August 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: All the Dirty Parts
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August 2017 : USA, Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: All the Dirty Parts
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