Passed Up by His Own Life

Steven Sorrentino’s “Luncheonette’ serves devotion, depression, dreams deferred

The twin plagues of depression and pressure to do what’s expected of him go a long way to make sense of Steven’s inertia, but in the end cannot fully explain the despair obviously felt by this young man. Only years later, we learn via the book, does he manage to put his life and his silent struggles into perspective. As memoirs go, more self-knowledge and insight and fewer lunch details would have been more appetizing.

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