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The Bachelor (Digital Audiobook)

A Novel

By Andrew Palmer, Jonathan Todd Ross (Narrator)

Publication Date: July 19, 2021

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (7/20/2021)


An incisive, witty, and tender debut novel about love and commitment, celebrity and obsession, poetry and reality TV.

“This unassuming, sharp novel quietly questions love and the nature of perception in an overconnected world.”—The Seattle Times

Reeling from a breakup with his almost fiancée, the narrator of Andrew Palmer’s debut novel returns to his hometown in Iowa to house-sit for a family friend. There, a chance flick of the TV remote and a new correspondence with an old friend plunge him into unlikely twin obsessions: the reality show The Bachelor and the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet John Berryman. As his heart begins to mend, his fascination with each deepens. Somewhere along the way, representations of reality become harder and harder to distinguish from real life. Soon he finds himself corresponding with multiple love interests, participating in an ill-considered group outing, and trying to puzzle through the strange turn his life seems to have taken.

Intellectually ambitious and keenly observed, The Bachelor is also an absorbing coming-of-age tale that tells the story of finding one’s footing in love and art. If salvation can no longer be found in fame, can it still be found in romantic relationships? In an era in which reality TV can make two dozen women fall in love with one man in six weeks, where does entertainment end and reality begin? Why do we, season after season, repeat the same mistakes in love and life?

About the Author

Andrew Palmer has written about The Bachelor for Slate and The Paris Review. His work has also appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Salon, the San Francisco Chronicle, Indiana Review, Big Big Wednesday, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Toast, and TheNew Yorker's Shouts & Murmurs. A former Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he has been awarded residencies at UCross, the Anderson Center, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Yaddo. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University.