For readers of Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby, and Mark Haddon, The Adulterants is a piercingly funny--and cringingly poignant--take on how hard it is to grow up and how hard it is when you don't.
Ray Morris is a tech journalist with a forgettable face, a tiresome manner, a small but dedicated group of friends, and a wife, Garthene, who is pregnant. He is a man who has never been punched above the neck. He has never committed adultery with his actual body. He has never been caught up in a riot, nor arrested, nor tagged by the state, nor become an international hate-figure. Not until the summer of 2011, when discontent is rising on the streets and within his marriage. Ray has noticed none of this. Not yet.
The Adulterants would be a coming-of-age story if its protagonist could only forget that he is thirty-three years old. Throughout a series of escalating catastrophes, our deadpan antihero keeps up a merciless mental commentary on the foibles and failings of those around him, and the vicissitudes of modern urban life: internet trolls, buy-to-let landlords, open marriages, and the threat posed by more sensitive men. But the wonder of The Adulterants is how we feel ourselves rooting for Ray even as we acknowledge that he deserves everything he gets.
Publisher's Description: Thirty-something freelance tech journalist Ray hates his job, resents his more successful friends, is terrified of the London property ladder, and has just accidently cheated on his pregnant girlfriend. But no matter how bad life seems, he's about to learn that things can always get worse... From the comic genius behind Submarine comes a hilariously scathing new novel about modern life * Penguin * Dunthorne captures the mores of Britain today better than novelists twice his age * New Statesman on'Submarine' * Brilliant and laugh-out-loud enjoyable * Independent on 'Submarine' * A brilliant first novel by a young man of ferocious comic talent * The Times on 'Submarine' * A creation of some genius. Dunthorne is a naturally comic writer * Daily Telegraph on 'Wild Abandon' * Insightful comic writing that manages to be both tender and biting * Independent on Sunday on 'Wild Abandon' *
Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. He is the author of Submarine, which has been translated into fifteen languages and made into an acclaimed film directed by Richard Ayoade, and Wild Abandon, which won the 2012 Encore Award. A collection of his poetry is published as Faber New Poets 5. Joe Dunthorne lives in London and The Adulterants is his third novel.www.joedunthorne.com