advance Praise for my american unhappiness

"My American Unhappiness is a smart, funny, charming novel — an incisive critique of the way we live now, but armed, unlike contemporary satire, with a big, generous heart. I got addicted to the misadventures of Zeke Pappas. I didn't want the book to end." —Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply

"In Zeke Pappas, Dean Bakopoulos has invented a man for all rainy seasons — a horny, heartbroken cousin of Richard Ford's Frank Bascombe, telling a long, tall tale of anomie in the heartland." —Tom Piazza, author of City of Refuge

"If the nature of despair, as Kierkegaard wrote, is to be unaware of itself, then Zeke Pappas is its perfect spokesman: a blithely deluded nebbish whose epic longings to document the emptiness at the center of American life and to win the heart of Sofia Coppola and/or his local Starbucks barista propel him into ever more twisted predicaments. There's no such thing as unhappiness when you're holding a Dean Bakopoulos novel in your hands." — Jonathan Miles, author of Dear American Airlines

"Vivid as a searchlight gliding across suburban picture windows , My American Unhappiness displays its author's saddened comic wisdom, as apparently self-effacing as it is marvelously inventive and observant. Dean Bakopoulos is a writer to watch, a novelist to cherish." — Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter

"Zeke Pappas, the visionary behind the American Unhappiness project, is the perfect hero for our times - an age of J. Crew catalogs and Starbucks lattes, of political absurdities and almost-fractured families barely holding themselves together. In telling Zeke's story, Dean Bakopoulos brings together razor-sharp comic timing, brilliant social commentary, and big-hearted compassion that embraces the imperfection of American life. The result is a smart, funny and exceptionally entertaining book." —Alix Ohlin, author of Babylon and Other Stories

"My American Unhappiness is a major accomplishment from one of my generation's finest storytellers, a profoundly funny, moving, beautifully-detailed, and ultimately hopeful portrait of our country in a certain moment. Its self-deprecating hero, Zack Pappas, earnest, kind, and brooding, with wry intelligence and deep compassion, is indelible. I loved every page of this book. The torch has been passed — Dean Bakopoulos is our next great Midwestern writer." — Davy Rothbart, author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas: Stories, founder and editor of Found Magazine, contributor to This American Life

"Dean Bakopoulos in an American prophet — who divines the end of optimism in this brilliant new novel that will choke you with tears and laughter. My American Unhappiness deserves a hallowed place on the shelf somewhere among Studs Terkel's Working and Walker Percy's The Moviegoer. " —Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh

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