IN RE: James Sveck–eighteen-year-old New Yorker, charming, precocious, confused, doesn’t quite fit in (doesn’t really want to), If: his future (i.e., college) seems completely meaningless, not to mention terrifying . . . Then: he’ll start anew (move to the Midwest?). In re: James Sveck–misunderstood by a capricious mother, a self-absorbed father, a mordant older sister, Et alia: his Teutonic therapist, his D-list celebrity grandmother, his unnervingly attractive art gallery colleague . . . If: What one wants is enigmatic . . . Then: Life can be hell. But: as the summer gets hotter, James comes to recognize the wrenching truth of his emotions.
James’s archly comic bravado fuels this sharply observed novel of a teen adrift in an adult world, struggling to make sense of the problems of love and of lack. The engaging voice of our idiosyncratic antihero is deftly captured by the adroit prose of Peter Cameron. Often hilarious, deeply compassionate, smart, and lyrical, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is every bit as sui generis as James Sveck himself.
See also: Brown University; Sexual orientation (confusion thereof); Dinner theater; Poodles (standard).
Peter Cameron|Lincoln Hoppe
About Peter Cameron
Peter Cameron is the author of Andorra, The Weekend, and the short story collections One Way or Another and Far-Flung, the best stories of which are collected in The Half You Don?t Know (all available in Plume editions). His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, and The Paris Review. He also works for the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. He makes his home in New York City.
About Lincoln Hoppe
Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron