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Jason Priestley (no, not that Jason Priestley) is in a rut. He gave up his teaching job to write snarky reviews of cheap restaurants for the free newspaper you take but don't read. He lives above a video-game store, between a Polish newsstand and that place that everyone thinks is a brothel but isn't. His most recent Facebook status is "Jason Priestley is . . . eating soup." Jason's beginning to think he needs a change.
So he uncharacteristically moves to help a girl on the street who's struggling with an armload of packages, and she smiles an incredible smile at him before her cab pulls away. What for a fleeting moment felt like a beginning is cruelly cut shortuntil Jason realizes that he's been left holding a disposable camera. And suddenly, with prodding and an almost certainly disastrous offer of assistance from his socially inept best friend Dev, a coincidence-based, half-joking ideaWhat if he could track this girl down based on the photos in her camera?morphs into a full-fledged quest to find the woman of Jason's dreams.
“Delightful . . . witty . . . The combination of Dickensian plot twists and Hornbyesque humor and hope makes for a thoroughly entertaining read.”
“Though lighthearted in tone, [CHARLOTTE STREET] speaks to a nostalgia for a time when photographs were authentic and unsullied by smartphone filters . . . Readers who enjoy the work of Nick Hornby or Stephen Chbosky will enjoy this.”
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“One of Britain’s great writing talents.”
“[Danny Wallace is] as funny as Bill Bryson used to be.”
-The Independent on Sunday, on YES MAN
“Danny Wallace may well have stumbled upon the future shape of spirituality… hilarious.”
-Daily Telegraph (London), on JOIN ME!
“Another comedy masterpiece.”
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