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Picador, 2006 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Dwight Wilmerding, twenty-eight, is having a midlife crisis. And there's an even bigger problem: his chronic inability to make up his mind.

Encouraged to try a drug meant to banish indecision, he is all at once fired from his low-grade tech-support job in Manhattan and invited to a rendezvous in exotic Ecuador with the girl of his long-ago prep-school dreams. Unable to decide if the magic pills are working, he finds his would-be romantic escape becoming a journey into unbidden responsibility and - deep in the jungles of the Amazon - the foreign country of a changed outlook.

'"Indecision" manages to make the whole flailing, postadolescent, prelife crisis feel fresh and funny again . . . The funniest and smartest coming-of-age novel in years' Jay McInerney, "New York Times Book Review "

'He's got this voice that just grabs your attention and won't let go . . . Old Dwight's book really knocked me out' Michiko Kakutani, " New York Times "

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Indecision : A Novel

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The title of journalist/editor Kunkel's debut novel aptly sums up the reader's experience. Is irresolute protagonist Dwight Wilmerding annoying or appealing? Is the plot--about a privileged ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Benjamin Kunkel grew up in Colorado. He has written for Dissent, Nation, and New York Review of Books, and is a founding editor of n+1 magazine. This is his first book.

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