Item description for The Long Haul by Amanda Stern...
A mismatched, codependent young couple are forced to come to terms with their static relationship as they traverse the frozen landscape between upstate New York and Manhattan. An ice storm, a kidnapping, and a break-in play key roles in their increasingly surreal voyage toward self-discovery and sacrifice. This haunting novel draws comparisons to Buffalo 66 and Jesus' Son.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Sep 19, 2003
Publisher Soft Skull Press
ISBN 1932360069 ISBN13 9781932360066
Availability 0 units.
More About Amanda Stern
Amanda Stern's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, St Ann's Review, Salt Hill, Spinning Jenny, Hayden's Ferry Review, Scirptum (Netherlands), Die Kroneitzung (Austria), and on Oxygen Media and NYToday.com She was born and raised in Greenwich Village.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Long Haul?
Incredible, well written story of our age group Jul 2, 2005
I have to say -- I got this book in the mail yesterday, and stayed up hours past when I really needed to go to bed in order to read it. I couldn't put it down. Amanda Stern's style is clean and crips, she isn't overly wordy, has a great vocab, and speaks of a time and era I know so well... being in your 20's in the 90's. She had he highs, but they really aren't covered in this incredible, but short, piece of work. I can't wait until the next book!
For the record, this isn't really my genre of book. I'm more into the horror book featuring zombies or some historical work from world war ii... but Stern's work was INCREDIBLE.
Damn, girl. More, please! Dec 10, 2003
I heard Stern read at my college in Nashville. She was stellar, a total rock star. Witty, energetic, enthusiastic and utterly charming, but I hadn't read her book yet. I have since read it and can only say, more! Please! She speaks to my generation (college aged, struggling) with a vibrance and freshness that is ferocious in its orginality of language and brutal in its honesty. She's something else. A must read. A must see her read. This girl has me totally whipped.
Like a sucker punch...but a good one. Nov 1, 2003
Amanda Stern isn't pretty and that's exactly why I love this book. She doesn't cover her narrator's co-dependency, depression, anger, rage (all the fantastic range of emotions) with cheapened exposition, precious images and sing-song prose. Rather, her prose is sharp, short and powerful and the dialogue or sometimes the lack thereof between the unnamed narrator and the "Alcoholic" really tells it all. Engaging, I sometimes winced over several scenes (the heroin needle in the stomach, the attempted rape scene in another story), however, this is the true gift of the writer...the ability to shake me and propel me forward, wanting me to read more. Far from a precious book, this novel sustains, engages and sucks the reader in. Brava! And I cannot wait for the next novel.
On a side note, why is this fantastic book paired with the horrible James Frey novel?
Not another hype job Oct 19, 2003
What amazes me about this book is that it's gotten so little attention. In a way, I'm pleased, I'd like to keep Amanda Stern a secret for a while. Unlike the privileged and over hyped women writers in Ms. Stern's generation (you know who i'm referring to) Ms. Stern is the real thing. She has clearly written this novel from her heart. It is brave and courageous and she has guts. I too see the comparisons to Denis Johnson (this is the one article I've found on Stern floating around out there) but she is very much her own stylist and manages to imbue her novel with such substance and free-spirited language that she arguably stands in a class by herself. No comparisons necessary. She is a writer to watch and savor. Let's hope she has a lot more of this in her.
Long Haul, Compelling Read Oct 16, 2003
It was impossible to put this book down. I was compelled to learn more about these two tragic souls and their destiny. Life, love, tragedy and co-dependency come in so many forms and Ms. Stern has revealed them so cleverly. It was a pleasure to read something so expressively written, yet succinctly stated. It leaves you feeling so many emotions and sensations. Bravo Ms. Amanda Stern, I can't wait to read your next offering.