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Harvey Pekar, the acclaimed creator and subject of the American Book Award-winning biopic American Splendor, tells the story of his troubled teen years when he would beat up other kids just to win the approval of his peers in this paperback edition of his virtuoso graphic novel. When he failed to impress, whether on the football team, in math class, in the Navy or on the job, he simply gave up. This is the universal tale of a young man’s search for himself through the frustrations, redemptions and complexities of ordinary life.
“Harvey Pekar’s confessional masterpiece.” -- Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn
“I love The Quitter! It's a house filled with unexpected rooms. A crumpled message from a man’s soul!” -- John Patrick Shanley, Pulitzer Prize Winning author of Doubt
“Grade 9 Up—Teens will find much to empathize with, from his sense of alienation as a young Jewish boy in an increasingly African-American neighborhood to his struggle to find his place in the world. Pekar is his own worst enemy, finding discouragement in anything less than stunning success, berating himself, and quitting when things don’t go exactly as he plans. That he eventually does make a name for himself, though it is an uneasy success, is a realistic message of encouragement that teens may find comforting. The Quitter is suggested for mature audiences, but there is very little to offend.” — School Library Journal