07/07/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Slackers At Midlife In 'The Ask'

"We were stuck between meanings. Or we were the last dribbles of something. The fall of the Soviet Union, this was, the death of analog. The beginning of aggressively marketed nachos."

These are the ruminations of Milo Burke in the novel "The Ask," summing up the formative experiences of his generation in a voice seemingly characteristic of that overeducated, insecure demographic cohort, who came of age in the late '80s and early '90s.

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