The Millions is one of my favorite literary blogs, I read it almost every day, and I like Emily’s writing, so I felt like commenting would be a safe/sane thing to do.
“I do have tremendous respect for authors who are willing to present unlikable narrators, and what Stein is laying out, in prose so lucid and simple that she makes it seem effortless, is a variation on American young adulthood so common that it does, I believe, deserve a place in our literature. A 2010 Pew Research Center study found that 85 percent of that year’s college graduates planned on moving back in with their parents. It would be heartless to imagine that at least some of those graduates weren’t exactly thrilled with this prospect.”
— Arrested Development: Leigh Stein’s The Fallback Plan by Emily St. John Mandel
Leigh Stein‘s writing has appeared in places such as DIAGRAM, H_NGM_N, and Dzanc’s Best of the Web 2010. She also has a weekly column for The Faster Times. Her debut novel, The Fallback Plan, will be released next January by Melville House. It’s got a pretty awesome book trailer, as you can see above. Publisher’s Weekly thinks pretty highly of it, too.