About the Book



A Novel
May 2003
Trade Paperback · 360 Pages
$15.00 U.S. · £9.99 U.K. · €10.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781887128551
Soft Skull Press


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This is the story of an unlikely duo — Benjamin Seymour, a failed pornographer, and Finn, a ten-year-old girl genius who has run away from home. Over the course of one day — sometimes separately and sometimes together — they wander the city looking for some semblance of belonging. There, the novel grows to include a diverse cast of characters and themes that support the inward journey of each. The narration veers into an array of literary forms to best reflect the heartbreaking quest of its main characters. Each new chapter comes as a surprise, as Conn employs such storytelling methods as the newsreel, Q and A, stream of consciousness, and screenplay to propel this raunchy and romantic debut tale.

About the Author

A Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Cornell University, Andrew Lewis Conn is a writer and critic. Since 1997, Conn has been a contributing writer at Film Comment, the official publication of The Film Society of Lincoln Center. His essay "The Bad Review Happiness Deserves, Or: The Tyranny of Critic-Proof Movies," a Film Comment article Conn wrote about Todd Solondz’s film Happiness, was signaled out by critic Charles Taylor in "Salon Salutes," and Time Out New York critic Mike D'Angelo, who called the essay, "the best piece of film writing of the year." Since 2000 Conn has also contributed film criticism to Time Out New York.