James Sveck is an isolated young adult caught in the summer before he is to begin college at Brown University. The only person in his life with whom he is able to successfully relate to is his grandmother; otherwise, James prefers solitude. Cameron s use of first-person narration allows the reader to create an intimate relationship with James as he works through his life and through the therapy sessions mandated by his parents. The reader learns about James present as he recounts the events of his days, but the reader also learns about James s past through his reflection in therapy sessions.
Peter Cameron is an American novelist and writer living in New York City. He is best known for his novels Andorra, The Weekend, The City of Your Final Destination and Coral Glynn. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, and The Paris Review. Jordi Fibla has translated numerous authors, including Philip Roth, William Kennedy and Thomas Pynchon.