An Underachiever's Diary

By Benjamin Anastas
(Dial Press, 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.

About the Author
Benjamin Anastas is the author of An Underachiever s Diary (hailed by Very Short List as the funniest, most underappreciated book of the 1990s ) and The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor s Disappearance, a New York Times Notable Book. His work has appeared in Harper s, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and many other places.
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