“Lost on Treasure Island brilliantly limns one Midwestern man’s seriocomic struggles with success, sex and spiritual development in Manhattan. Kind of a Bright Lights, Big City without the drugs, a Pilgrim’s Progress without the progress, a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man without the art or the young man. It is one man’s down-and-dirty account of his battle with demons within and without. Brutally honest doesn’t begin to describe it. This is a spiritual stripstrease that sears the soul and tickles the funny bone. Friedman writes like an angel going to hell on a Harley.” — Jeff Leen, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Kings of Cocaine and Queen of the Ring
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“I love Lost on Treasure Island. It’s the truest, funniest, sexiest big-city adventure story I’ve ever read. As a hero, Steve Friedman is wildly flawed, but as a writer, he’s in a class with Nick Hornby at his best and Candace Bushnell in her dreams.” — Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, And the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
“I should probably hate Steve Friedman, and, in turn, this book. So I’m embarrassed to admit how much I LOVED Lost on Treasure Island, and, by the end, its hapless, hopeful, utterly hilarious narrator. I laughed, I cried, I flung it to the floor and snatched it up again. It’s The Devil Wears Prada meets A Million Little Pieces meets Lolita. Fantastic.” — Cathi Hanauer, author of Sweet Ruin and editor of The Bitch in the House
“Lost on Treasure Island is the story of every Midwesterner who has ever come to the Big City to follow a dream. I read it with both jealousy and gratitude: jealous because Steve Friedman is a truly gifted memoirist, and grateful that I have never personally auditioned for the role of Mrs. F. This is a fantastic read.” — Sarah Rose, author of For All the Tea in China
“Steve Friedman is a toxic cad and a fabulous writer.” — Meghan Daum, Los Angeles Times columnist
“After finishing this sometimes infuriating, oft funny, and truly touching memoir, I’m amazed there’s not a line of ladies volunteering to be Mrs. Friedman. Lost on Treasure Island is chest of wonders indeed.” — Shari Goldhagen, author of Family and Other Accidents
“An unvarnished reckoning of the realities of following one’s dreams to make it as a writer (and fully formed adult) in Manhattan. Through highs and lows, Friedman’s caustic charm steals the show.” — Thomas Kohnstamm, author of Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?