A Novel

Loner turns the traditional campus novel on its head as it explores gender politics and class.

By Teddy Wayne Read by David Bendena Fiction / Literary English, Unabridged 6h 8m Sell Sheet Also available on
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							David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. But, initially, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity. Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Struck by her beauty, wit, and sophisticated Manhattan  upbringing, David falls feverishly in love. Determined to win her attention and an invite into her glamorous world, he begins compromising his moral standards for this one, great shot at happiness. But both Veronica and David, it turns out, are not exactly as they seem.

"Stunning—and profoundly disconcerting… a novel as absorbing as it is devastating." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An enthralling portrait of male narcissism and voyeuristic obsession." - Library Journal (starred review)

"The reader is...compelled to frantically turn the pages." - Publishers Weekly

"The dark narrative highlights hot-button issues on today's campuses, making it seem all too real." - People Magazine

"...a powerful and even a somewhat touching suspense story about a first-year student who finds himself outclassed in ways neither he nor the reader could possibly anticipate." - NPR

"…wildly inventive and disturbing…" - Esquire Magazine

"Loner moves ahead to its climax (and a superbly executed plot twist) with the sickening momentum of a horror movie... It stands in stark contrast to Mr. Wayne’s previous novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine (2013), a funny, sympathetic portrait of a teenybopper pop star. The range shown in these two books, which move from the ridiculous to the chilling, is evidence of a rising talent." - The Wall Street Journal

"Deft, involving...There is comic brio, but also an insider's precision, to Wayne's depiction...what is most frightening about Wayne's antihero protagonist (and narrator) is not how different he is from us--but how porous a border separates his monstrousness from our normalcy." - Chicago Tribune

"Wayne’s writing is spiky and electric...it reminded me of the early work of Jeffrey Eugenides...But if Loner at first appears to be a comedy of manners, it quickly veers into something far creepier...the reader may go from enjoying Loner to finding the experience not just uncomfortable but excruciating." - The New York Times Book Review

"Loner is a great, lethal little book..." - Boston Globe

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