The Beautiful Miscellaneous (Paperback)
Washington Square Press, 9780743271257, 329pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Praise For The Beautiful Miscellaneous…
"With an exquisite ear not just for language but for emotional truth as well, Dominic Smith has written an ambitious and strikingly unusual tale about what it's like to grow up in the shadow of a brilliant father and under the force of his expectations. I finished this book in awe of Smith's imagination -- and of his enormous heart."
-- Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and The Whole World Over
"The Beautiful Miscellaneous is one of the most original coming-of-age stories I've read in a long time. It's about gawkiness, particle physics, bereavement, and memory, but it's also a dazzling inquiry into a universe that is at once breathtakingly elegant and irrevocably mundane. Anomalies, graces, the tedium of grief -- it's all here, cast in Dominic Smith's smooth, dazzling prose."
-- Anthony Doerr, author of The Shell Collector and About Grace
"The gifts of knowledge that failure brings is the subject of this deft and generous novel about fathers and sons. The phenomenon of love still being, pretty much, the most extraordinary phenomenon of them all, withstanding the ambitions of lesser dreams."
-- Joy Williams, author of Honored Guest and The Quick and the Dead