Author: Elif Batuman
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Sam says… "This winter, you’re going to need a laugh. A belly shaker that makes you snort on public transport. Elif Batuman can provide this for you. The Idiot, and the recent sequel, Either/Or follow Selin, a young Turkish American, as she struggles through her first two years in Harvard. They chart Selin’s reaching for, and failing to find, the certainties that we think will shape adulthood, but which never materialise. She documents the tragedy of adolescent earnestness like no one else. Trust me, it’s fucking hilarious."