Middle Men

Middle Men

Stories

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
A debut story collection features a sequence of men who make doomed forays into middle-class respectability in Southern California, from "Play the Man," in which a high-school basketball player aspires to a college scholarship, to "Elephant Doors," in which a game-show production assistant moonlights as a stand-up comedian.

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Presents stories featuring men who make doomed forays into middle-class respectability in Southern California, from a high-school basketball player who aspires to a college scholarship, to a game-show production assistant who moonlights as a stand-up comedian.

Simon and Schuster
In Middle Men, Stegner Fellow and New Yorker contributor Jim Gavin delivers a hilarious and panoramic vision of California, portraying a group of men, from young dreamers to old vets, as they make valiant forays into middle-class respectability. In “Play the Man” a high-school basketball player aspires to a college scholarship, in “Elephant Doors”, a production assistant on a game show moonlights as a stand-up comedian, and in the collection’s last story, the immensely moving “Costello”, a middle-aged plumbing supplies salesman comes to terms with the death of his wife. The men in Gavin’s stories all find themselves stuck somewhere in the middle, caught half way between their dreams and the often crushing reality of their lives. A work of profound humanity that pairs moments of high comedy with searing truths about life’s missed opportunities, Middle Men brings to life a series of unforgettable characters learning what it means to love and work and be in the world as a man, and it offers our first look at a gifted writer who has just begun teaching us the tools of his trade.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2013
ISBN: 9781451649314
1451649312
Branch Call Number: FICTION GAVIN 2013
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 23 cm

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Stories of everymen that can't seem to get out of their own way...kind of wonderful, kind of sad. Most days these characters probably won't tell you their Walter Mitty fantasies, but have a smile on their face just the same. Keep on keepin' on with these erstwhile dreamers and bumblers. Recommended by Jeffrey

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