THESE THINGS HAPPEN

Richard Kramer

Set among Manhattan’s high-powered liberal elite and told through an ensemble of endearing voices, These Things Happen is a not-quite-coming-of-age story about a modern family. Fifteen year old Wesley, a tenth grader, has moved from his mother and stepfather’s home to live with his father and his father’s male partner for a school term so that father and son might have a chance to bond again. But when Wesley finds himself unexpectedly at the center of an act of violence, everyone around him must reexamine themselves, their assumptions and attitudes.

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Set among Manhattan’s high-powered liberal elite and told through an ensemble of endearing voices, These Things Happen is a not-quite-coming-of-age story about a modern family. Fifteen year old Wesley, a tenth grader, has moved from his mother and stepfather’s home to live with his father and his father’s male partner for a school term so that father and son might have a chance to bond again. But when Wesley finds himself unexpectedly at the center of an act of violence, everyone around him must reexamine themselves, their assumptions and attitudes.

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  • Unbridled Books
  • Hardcover
  • November 2012
  • 272 Pages
  • 9781609530891

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About Richard Kramer

Richard Kramer is the Emmy and multiple Peabody award winning writer, director and producer of numerous TV series, including Thirtysomething, My So-called Life, Tales of the City, and Once and Again. His first short story appeared in the New Yorker while he was still an undergraduate at Yale. This is his first novel.

Praise

“Artful, thoughtful and extremely funny, this is a wonderful first novel about artifice and the discovery of true feeling, about the roles we play and what we choose to make of them.”Cathleen Schine author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport

“Like the two main characters it so unforgettably etches, Richard Kramer’s first novel exemplifies the virtues of both youth and maturity: it manages to be both wise and wide-eyed, sage and sensitive, deeply funny and, in the end, disarmingly touching.  The man behind ThirtySomething and My So-Called Life has taken his trademark qualities—the grownup’s shrewdness about the way the world works and the adolescent’s disarming emotional nakedness—and fashioned from them a very affecting work of fiction.”Daniel Mendelsohn author of Waiting for the Barbarians

“An introspective and contemporary character study . . . Earlier in his career, Mr. Kramer worked on the acclaimed television dramas, “My So-Called Life” and “Thirtysomething.” From the former, he has borrowed the focus on teen angst as narrated by perceptive teens. From the latter, he has borrowed the insecurities of highly competent parents caught in the act of flogging themselves for their non-omniscience.  These Things Happen is Richard Kramer’s first novel, but he is no novice. This is a well-measured and mature debut.”New York Journal of Books

“Emotionally resonant . . . The humanity and love between two people thrown together by circumstance is Kramer’s triumph”Publishers Weekly