Want Not

Want Not

Book - 2013
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On Thanksgiving Day a freegan couple living off the grid in Manhattan, a once prominent linguist struggling with midlife, and a New Jersey debt-collection magnate with a second chance at getting things right randomly and briefly collide as the weight of their desires ultimately undoes each of them, leaving them to pick up the pieces from what's left behind.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780547352206
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: MILES, J


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Feb 01, 2015

Interconnected stories which make their point about waste, futility and modern morality, but at the end they remain as isolated as the characters in them.

Dec 22, 2014

Well-written commentary on consumption, waste, and morality.

JCLMELODYK Jun 03, 2014

Jonathan Miles crafts three separate stories in this novel of loss and desire. Micah and Talmadge are freegan lovers who invite an old friend into their New York City squat and their dumpster diving lifestyle. Dr. Elwin Cross wants his wife back, wants his father to be whole again and swims through his grief with 100 extra pounds and a compassionate heart. And Dave Masoli gathers debt and repels the love of his trophy wife Sarah and her wounded daughter. Along the way Miles masterfully weaves in minor characters and memories with such ease the reader desires both the beaten path and the road less traveled.

JCLBlakeO Mar 23, 2014

A five-star read that has everything I look for in good fiction: engaging plot, lively characters, message-between-the-lines, colorful prose. It's all here, in abundance. Miles can write! More extensive review on my blog: http://logosmojo.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/want-not/

ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2013

"Jonathan Miles' debut, Dear American Airlines, took the form of a scathing, touching, and funny letter to the airline, demanding a refund. He continues to have fun with the structure of the novel with Want Not, in which linked stories relate the tales of a large cast of characters. Connected by themes of trash, refuse, and other unwanted items, these characters - freegans, linguists, octogenarian historians, remarried widows - have enough going on for several novels. Readers interested in hefty plots and detailed characters will enjoy this literary, witty, mostly-Manhattan-set novel." Fiction A to Z December 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=711899

niftygal Dec 01, 2013



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