The Frog King

The Frog King

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781573229388
  • 336 Pages
  • Riverhead Books
  • Adult


Harry Driscoll is living in New York City (if you call trying to survive on an editorial assistant’s salary “living”).

His family is wealthy (but Harry Driscoll is not).

His education is Ivy League (but what good is it doing him?).

His publishing job is entry level (with no exit in sight).


Harry Driscoll has a dream (if you call an unfinished manuscript hidden in the closet a “dream”).

Harry Driscoll has a girl (although intercourse is out of the question).

Harry Driscoll even has feelings. (He asked this girl, one day in the park, to be in his life forever–and meant it!)

And the other girls? They’re not the problem. (The problem is, Harry Driscoll cannot allow himself to say the word “love.”)


“The literary invention, metaphorical pizzazz and sheer cleverness of the prose and word-play in The Frog King is astonishing.”— The Wall Street Journal

“A frisky debut.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Truly compelling…Davies captures the urban-frontier quality of life in Manhattan’s East Village with tender accuracy…his roller-coaster story is charm itself.” —New York Daily News

“Probably the funniest young-guy-in-New York novel since Bright Lights, Big City.” —Bret Easton Ellis, bestselling author of Less Than Zero and American Psycho

“Truly hilarious and so much moretotally original and yet classic, romantic, and real.” —Jennifer Belle, author of High Maintenance and Going Down

“Wildly funny and original, Adam Davies perfectly recalls the crazy days of being young and daring and clueless about love and life and work. The Frog King is a captivating joyride from the very first page.” —Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry and Her

“Davies’ subtle observations about life and strategic lack of romanticism make for an impressive and thought-provoking work, while the bizarre story-line makes for a fun and memorable read.” —Booklist