Arthur and Carolina are young and in love. When Carolina is involved in a car accident, she receives $80,000—enough to send them on the road to explore their lives and love. As they travel America, they try to figure out what to do with themselves, and what they will do in the meantime. And what does it mean if they don’t know? For a story of wandering and waiting, this is a book with tremendous impact.
Told in quick chapters with breathtaking, often hilarious prose, I Don’t Know I Said is a novel that follows in the footsteps of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Sheila Heti’s more recent How Should a Person Be?
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“There’s a hell of a lot more charm in Savoca’s book than a novel about sad and smart twenty-somethings should ever have.” —Michael Kimball, author of Big Ray
“I Don’t Know, I Said is a book for anyone who has ever gone looking for a journey or a reason to live. It is a book for anyone who has ever been bored or in love or maybe both at the same time. It is a book for anyone who likes dinosaurs and car accidents and Hemingway and wandering. It is a book for me, and it will be one for you and you and you.” —Laura van den Berg, author of The Isle of Youth
“Man, this book gets in you. It’s like baby food. You could go to the store and buy a jar and eat it with your hands, but it’d be better to have someone who shares your last name spoon it out on your tongue. After reading it, you will say, ‘Give me more, Momma.’ I want more. MORE. MORE. GIVE US MORE MATTHEW.” —Scott McClanahan, author of Hill William
“I read I Don’t Know, I Said as a pdf document on my phone. The text was tiny and I had to squint a bit, but I didn’t mind because I was enjoying myself the whole time. And also there was something about reading it that way—holding my shitty Samsung in my hand and wiping my finger up the screen to reveal the next bit of text—that made me think about just how special Matthew’s writing is: how he is able to take something small and mundane and find something beautiful in it. I would recommend this novel to anybody.” —Chris Killen, author of The Bird Room