An Underachiever's Diary
By Benjamin Anastas
(Dial Press Trade Paperback, Paperback, 9780385343046, 160pp.)
Publication Date: July 28, 2009
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Meet William, a devout underachiever. He enters life as the firstborn of identical twin boys. It is the last time he will beat his overachieving brother Clive, or anyone else for that matter, at anything.
This is William’s manifesto for the underachiever. It is the chronicle of a lifetime of failure–part diary and part handbook for self-defeat. At once corrosively funny and surprisingly tender, An Underachiever’s Diary is a classic tale of perverse perseverance.
Benjamin Anastas is the author of The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor's Disappearance. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Men's Vogue, and GQ.
“Recalls Frederick Exley’s masterpiece of the genre, A Fan’s Notes.” —New York Times Book Review
“I would be proud of myself if I ever underachieved so brilliantly.” —Ann Beattie
"The book's veils of irony are light enough to charm even the coolest reader, and its emotional details, particularly those of William's bond with his faultless brother, ring true."—The New Yorker
"Fantastic...A fun, funny book."—Detroit Free Press
“Very funny . . . A masterpiece of controlled failure in which the narrator fails to deliver on every front.” —New York Post
“From the first paragraph, Benjamin Anastas has got you.” —Thomas Mallon