A morally ambiguous literary novel about a charismatic teacher and impressionable students is not an original tale. But that doesn't mean it can’t be a compelling and fascinating one. YOU DESERVE NOTHING by Alexander Maksik takes this tried-and-true formula and gives it a bit of a shake. The result is a tense examination of power, sexuality, courage and education.
"YOU DESERVE NOTHING is a confident debut novel. Maksik's prose is lovely, his multiple perspective works well, and his use of philosophical ideas...is challenging and compelling."