An Underachiever's Diary

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Random House Publishing Group, 2009 - Fiction - 160 pages
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Meet William, a devout underachiever. He enters life as the firstborn of identical twin boys. It is the last time he will beat his overachieving brother Clive, or anyone else for that matter, at anything.

This is William’s manifesto for the underachiever. It is the chronicle of a lifetime of failure–part diary and part handbook for self-defeat. At once corrosively funny and surprisingly tender, An Underachiever’s Diary is a classic tale of perverse perseverance.

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User Review  - csweder - LibraryThing

...I'm not sure how I feel about it. The author/character is an ass...do I concentrate on his words, or do I let my mind wander to the similiar people like him I have known in my life...? Read full review

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User Review  - binator - LibraryThing

This is a deft, ironic, and darkly comic "diary." Mr. Anastas has created a very "authentic" underachiever - a character with "potential" who is content with whatever happens. I laughed a lot, and ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Benjamin Anastas is the author of The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor's Disappearance. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Men's Vogue, and GQ.

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