Early Bird (Paperback)
Simon & Schuster, 9780743270588, 244pp.
Publication Date: May 3, 2006
Praise For Early Bird…
"[EARLY BIRD] is a hilarious reminder that everyone was young once...everyone except Rodney."
"Very sweet and very funny... Rothman allows the sadness that must, of course, attach itself to the end of our lives to seep through slowly, surely and entirely without sentiment."
--Nick Hornby, author of Polysyllabic Spree, High Fidelity, About a Boy
"I'm so into Rodney Rothman. Imagine if your coolest friend retired in his late twenties, moved to Florida, and then wrote you about it in the most observant, sweet, yet unsentimental way. Rodney is one of those uniquely funny and human writers that belongs on your bookshelf next to the Eggers, Klostermans and Sedarises. Don't be late to the buffet."
--Greg Behrendt, author of He's Just Not That Into You
"This book, which has a pretty silly premise, quickly and thoroughly becomes something much more: it's actually emotionally involving, and even profound. It's very funny, because Rothman is always very funny, but it's also truly moving, and, at its core, unspeakably sad. That's not to say it isn't fun to read. It is. It is!"
"Old fashioned retirement at age 28? Funny--sure. But Rothman is also riveting, friendly and the good kind of sad."
--Sarah Vowell, author of The Partly Cloudy Patriot
"If you're tired of working but think retirement is only for the injured, the incontinent, or the rapper Jay-Z, Early Bird will be music to your lazy ears.... As he invades a Boca Raton retirement community and battles for acceptance, Rodney has to fend off grumpy old men, cliquey old women, and a gimpy shuffleboard stroke. The encounters result in rapid-fire laughs as he eventually weasels his way into the pool gossip gang and even finds himself fending off aggressive advances by a sixty-something femme fatale. The new friendships result in a host of poignant moments.... In the end, it turns out life with the black-socks-and-shorts crowd can be just as taxing as life in the fast lane--except for nap time, of course."
-- Paul Ulane, Maxim