By Jonathan Ames
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Jonathan Ames, whose debut novel I move Like Night was once enthusiastically praised through Philip Roth and Joyce Carol Oates, has up with a super and comedian moment novel.
Louis Ives, the narrator of The additional Man, fancies himself a tender gentleman formed after his heroes within the books of F. Scott Fitzgerald. He attire the half -- favoring neckties, blue blazers, and activity coats. yet he additionally has a penchant for women's garments, a weak spot that motives him to lose his activity as a instructor at a Princeton day university after a strange incident concerning a colleague's brassiere. Thrust out of Princeton, he heads to big apple the place he rents an inexpensive room within the madly discombobulated residence of Henry Harrison, a failed yet significant playwright who dances on my own to Ethel Merman documents, sneaks into Broadway indicates, and plays with nice kind the tasks of a walker -- an escort for the wealthy widows of the higher East Side.
The males, separated in age by way of greater than 40 years, advance a dating that's irascible mentor and keen apprentice, they usually shape a bond the depths of which neither anticipated. yet Louis, whilst he's now not with Henry, has fascinations that lead him to an strange group at the fringes of the intercourse international of occasions sq.. He develops a mystery lifestyles there, which he fears can be his undoing and which he needs to hold hidden from Henry in any respect costs.
A hilarious but relocating tale approximately friendship and longing, The additional Man is an unique and unforgettable novel through considered one of America's such a lot proficient younger writers.
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