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From: Jessica
Sent on: Friday, October 22, 2010 11:35 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Queens Literati!

What: AUTHOR IN RESIDENCE - "FINNY" by Justin Kramon

When: Thursday, December 9,[masked]:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Justin Kramon, author of "Finny", will be coming by on 12/9 to talk about his first novel & his experiences in the publishing world! Please pick up your copy today & join us as we get to know another talented local author.


<i> Baltimore Sun - </i> "[C]ombining the human panoply of David Copperfield with the cutting colloquial wisdom of The Catcher in the Rye...Finny is the rare authentic coming-of-age novel. The protagonist matures without losing her sparkle. Her view of people changes as she adds new facets to the prism of her consciousness. The supporting characters also grow in unlikely and often heartening ways."

<i> Boston Globe - </i>"There are sad moments in Finny...but Kramon finds humor in sadness, and the novel?s overall impact is optimistic...Kramon is a talented young author and Finny a worthy read, and a dickens of a first novel."

<i> The Standard Times - </i>"Think Holden Caulfield, Augie March and Garp rolled into one...girl."

<i> Book Page - </i>"Finny is so many things: funny and brave, loyal and giving, but the one thing she most certainly is not is boring. In the pages of Finny, Kramon captures the difficult transition from girlhood to womanhood with remarkable tenderness and insight... Without a doubt, Finny is the perfect coming-of-age read for those who are eternally young at heart."

<i> Publishers Weekly - </i> ?In his impressive debut, Kramon takes on a number of familiar coming-of-age plots?smalltown fish-out-of-water adolescence, frustrated first love, boarding school friendships, big city escapes?and pulls it all off with flair and humor?.Kramon is at his best sending up Finny's innocence by means of an endearing, Dickensian coterie of side characters...Combining snappy dialogue, frank attention to sex, and convincingly detailed characters?eccentric and sympathetic, but not sentimental ? Kramon is clearly a find.?

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