To publish a good book about being 26, you have to be 26, evidently

Wesley Yang considers why thirty editors rejected Sam Lipsyte’s Home Land before it found a home, and offers a possible explanation from New York Times and Salon critic Laura Miller:

“This is the kind of book that cries out ‘voice of a generation.’ It’s something a 26-year-old is going read and say, ‘This is my life,'” she said. “But when you write that kind of book, you have to be marketable in that role. And when you have someone that isn’t so young, and it’s not their first book, it’s harder to market it as being totally new.”

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