Campus novels are like pizza. Even when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good. And when they’re great, BOY do they knock us out! Teddy Wayne’s new novel, “Loner“, tells the story of a young man making his way through modern-day Harvard armed only with his wits, his lust, his fear, his Lactaid and his will to escape freshman obscurity.
The book follows young David Federman as he lurks and creeps his way through year one, pursuing an unworthy crush, breaking a heart, losing his virginity, bending the rules, abusing literary theory and committing an act of unspeakable atrocity. College!
Read it if you like David Lodge or Kingsley Amis or Philip Roth or—duh!—Teddy Wayne. Buy buy buy.