9 Passages from An Authentic Derivative, by Caleb Coy

The following are selected passages from An Authentic Derivative, my debut novel. These select passages are provided courtesy of the author, for your convenience. Mine them for what you wish, but only the novel can give you the full experience of the story as told by narrator Neil Oberlin.
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Kirkus Reviews Takes on My Debut Novel

Spot-on satire or earnest picture of youth in transition?…”

41LZSXEGPFLCoy’s voice is strong and sure; he captures Neil’s voice and tone with specificity and confidence. However, readers’ tolerance for Neil and his impressions of the Nashville scene may strongly depend on whether they see the novel as a satire of the hip, ironic detachment and self-reflexive views of the millennial generation or an earnest attempt to capture their thoughts and hopes in the second decade of the 21st century. Those who see Coy’s work as being meant seriously will likely find the characters vacuous and talkative to a fault, and the thrust of the narrative will be greatly diluted. For those who see a satirical purpose to Coy’s prose, the narrative will likely carry more resonance, and the end result of Sedgwick and Oberlin’s relationship will have a particular melancholy weight, even when seen through the satirical lens.”

A well-defined social milieu and articulate characters make Coy’s is it/isn’t it novel an interesting, if uncertain, experience.”

Kirkus Reviews

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10 Reasons to Read An Authentic Derivative, a novel by Caleb Coy

1o Reasons to Read An Authentic Derivative, A Novel By Caleb Coy:
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  1. It’s SO Indie right now!
    The author is publishing it himself.
  2. The author used IndieGoGo to raise funds!
    The book was funded by a community of readers.
  3. It will increase your vocabulary!
    It has words like obsequious, mendacious, and premonitory.
  4. It includes art by Nashville resident and graphic artist Bud Thomas!
    Not just on the cover, but in the pages themselves
  5. It features Wilco, Nick Cave, Jack White, The Decembrists, Radiohead, Ben Kweller, Modest Moust, and other band names references throughout!unnamed-1
  6. The author was inspired by writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Donald Miller, J.D. Salinger, Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, and David Foster Wallace!
  7. The story explores the struggles of millennials to live authentic, meaningful lives amidst the shifting values and conflicting scenes they occupy!
  8. Character analyze relationships to a degree that you might learn something about the person you’re dating!
  9. It’s pretty short. Like it’s not a real big commitment. This isn’t War and Peace we’re talking about.
  10. You get to make fun of hipsters! Check it out! Read the first seven pages for free!

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