You Don't Love This Man
Set in the Pacific Northwest, Dan Deweese’s debut novel delivers a witty, heartfelt, and keenly observed day-in-the-life of one father of the bride, casting luminous insight into marriage, fatherhood, and bank robbery. Readers of Benjamin Kunkel, Joshua Ferris, and Kevin Wilson, as well as fans of contemporary American masters like Philip Roth and Tobias Wolff, will be enthralled by Deweese’s evocative, literary exploration of an everyman protagonist’s quiet struggles and tender joys on one of the most monumental days in his life.
Praise For You Don't Love This Man: A Novel…
“Dan DeWeese’s elegantly written novel tells the story—alternately joyful and heartbreaking—of a father coming to terms with what he’s made of his life. It’s one of those novels I know I’ll return to, and pass on, in admiration and delight.” — Lauren Grodstein, author of A Friend of the Family
“In this assiduous, mysterious novel of a father’s doings on his daughter’s wedding day, Dan DeWeese gives us a portrait of one man’s alienation, self-doubt, passivity, and, ultimately, his redeeming passion. With admirable formal restraint and unyielding sympathy, DeWeese delivers a whole adult life in a day.” — Jon Raymond, author of Livability
“Oddly tense and ultimately, cleansingly sad, You Don’t Love This Man wrings an amazing amount of pathos out of one (only seemingly) ordinary life.” — Tom Bissell, author of The Father of All Things
“You Don’t Love This Man is an exquisite puzzle. . . . This remarkable first novel gives rise to another, purely pleasurable conundrum. Which is more gorgeous, more satisfying here, the story itself, or the language DeWeese uses to tell it?” — Mary Rechner, author of Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women
“The careful, unpretentious opening of You Don’t Love This Man can’t possibly belie the cataclysm of interpersonal drama it contains. . . . The story has left me in that strange place between emotional exhaustion and raw, refreshed excitement for life. This amazing novel is why novels exist.” — Patrick Somerville, author of The Cradle
Harper Perennial, 9780061992322, 352pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
About the Author
Dan DeWeese teaches writing at Portland State University. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, New England Review, Washington Square, and other publications. In 2009, he created Propeller, an art, film, and literature quarterly magazine, for which he serves as editor in chief.