Matthew Sharpe

"Nothing Is Terrible"

Published October 5, 2000 10:35PM (EDT)

Matthew Sharpe's debut, "Stories from the Tube," was praised in Wired as an "unsettling, lovely, creepy" collection of often surreal tales. His first novel, "Nothing is Terrible," is an unusual coming-of-age account of Mary White, a bright and irreverent sixth-grader. When she escapes suburbia with her teacher for New York City, she experiences a real-world education and an unorthodox form of love. According to the New York Times, "Warped and oddly touching, 'Nothing Is Terrible' is brain candy for the bright and jaded."

Sharpe has published stories in Zoetrope, Harper's, American Letters and Commentary, Witness, The Quarterly, and Fiction. He lives in New York.

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From "Nothing Is Terrible" ) 1999, Matthew Sharpe. Used by permission of Random House, Inc. No reproduction of this material is authorized without the express written consent of the Licensor.

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