Why is everyone angry with Jonathan? Suspended from school a week before Memorial Day, the savvy and cyber-sexed fifteen-year old is charged by his poet-father to write a history of literature in the age of Twitter. Jonathan absconds to Manhattan to care for his high-living godfather, who recently had a stroke, but the siren song of the city keeps him distracted. When he meets the worldly Beatriz, his life threatens to take a sharp turn. Speaking directly to the obsessions of our present, Smedleys Secret Guide reminds us that one kws how anything will turn out until it happens. As someone once said, our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. George Scialabba said Smedley is, rendered in astonishingly vivid, funny, soulful, and inventive prose. And, Tom Sleigh wrote, As sophisticated and purely strange as Roberto Bola, as vulnerable as Salinger, ... Smedleys Secret Guide to World Literature makes you feel, without the least bit of strain, that youre in the hands of a comic genius.