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Publisher Comments:

Jonathan Ames, whose debut novel I Pass Like Night was enthusiastically praised by Philip Roth and Joyce Carol Oates, has followed up with a brilliant and comic second novel.

Louis Ives, the narrator of The Extra Man, fancies himself a young gentleman fashioned after his heroes in the books of F. Scott Fitzgerald. He dresses the part — favoring neckties, blue blazers, and sport coats. But he also has a penchant for women's clothing, a weakness that causes him to lose his job as a teacher at a Princeton day school after a bizarre incident involving a colleague's brassiere. Thrust out of Princeton, he heads to New York where he rents a cheap room in the madly discombobulated apartment of Henry Harrison, a failed but brilliant playwright who dances alone to Ethel Merman records, sneaks into Broadway shows, and performs with great style the duties of a walker — an escort for the rich widows of the Upper East Side.

The two men, separated in age by more than forty years, develop a relationship that is irascible mentor and eager apprentice, and they form a bond the depths of which neither expected. But Louis, when he's not with Henry, has fascinations that lead him to an unusual community on the fringes of the sex world of Times Square. He develops a secret life there, which he fears will be his undoing and which he must keep hidden from Henry at all costs.

A hilarious yet moving story about friendship and longing, The Extra Man is an original and unforgettable novel by one of America's most talented young writers.

Synopsis:

Meet Louis Ives: well groomed, romantic, and as captivating as an F. Scott Fitzgerald hero. Only this hero has a penchant for ladies’ clothes, and he’s lost his teaching post at Princeton’s Pretty Brook Day School after an unfortunate incident involving a colleague’s brassiere.

Meet Henry Harrison: former actor, failed but brilliant playwright, and a well-seasoned escort for New York City’s women of means. He dances alone to Ethel Merman records, second-acts operas, and performs his scrappy life with the dignity befitting a self-styled man of the world. What can this ageless Don Quixote of the Upper East Side have to offer a young gentleman such as Louis? What, indeed.

Well, the answer lies somewhere between the needs of an irascible mentor and the education of his eager apprentice . . . between cocktails on the Upper East Side and an even more intoxicating treat along the secret fringes of Times Square . . . and between friendship and longing.

About the Author

JONATHAN AMES is the author of I Pass Like Night; The Extra Man; What’s Not to Love?; My Less Than Secret Life; Wake Up, Sir!; I Love You More Than You Know; The Alcoholic; and The Double Life Is Twice As Good. He’s the creator of the HBO® Original Series Bored to Death and has had two amateur boxing matches, fighting as “The Herring Wonder.&

Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter I

The Brassiere

There's to Be No Fornication

The Young Gentleman

Chapter II

Arrival

The Next Event

The Opera

The Extra Man

Otto Bellman and His Gang of Swiss Yodelers

Chapter III

I Felt Connected to Women All Over America

Porky Pig Fell Off a Cliff

An International Agreement on the Virtues of Chastity

The Recession Spankologist

Hot for Cockroach, Cold for Lead

Are You Jewish?

One of the Greatest Hoaxes of All Time

Chapter IV

We All Wanted to Be That Femme Fatale

I Met Someone Jewish

Americans Are Too Concerned with Athletics

Deep in Queens

Chapter V

The Jewish Duke of Windsor

Were There Animals?

This Is Only a Tape Recording

The Queen Has Fifty Rooms

Chapter VI

Four Gap-Toothed Dairy Maidens

Fort Schuyler

Breasts, Please

Cut Off Your Hair Like Salome

You'll Get an Erection and Then What Will I Do?

You've Brought So Much Toilet Paper into My Life

Chapter VII

Fleas, Cars, and Florida

The Whole City Has Fleas

He Saw a Piece of Cheese and Made Havoc with It

Chapter VIII

Straightish

My Analyst, Gershon Gruen

I Felt Something Under My Rear

Are You Having BMs?

The Essential Man

Chapter IX

Whatever Happened to Danny Kaye?

The Men Are Still in Charge Down There

Chapter X

She Wanted Me

People Are Dying, New Ones Are Coming Up

Otto Bellman Collects His Mail

Brassiere Revisited

Deep in Bay Ridge

All the Queens Were Dead

Chapter XI

I Was Like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza

That's All I Have to Say About America

The Life of a Fugitive

I Was Like Lady Macbeth

That's Very Good Cheese He's Eating

Lagerfeld Is Back In

A Tie Is Dipped

Chapter XII

It's Your Fellow Old People Who Tear You Down

Daphne Wants to Drink Cough Medicine and Smoke Cigarettes

Thank You, Dear Boy

Life Rushes By

You Look Practically Middle Class

A Girl as I Must Have First Imagined Girls

Russia

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439196496
Author:
Ames, Jonathan
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 10.78 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Meet Louis Ives: well groomed, romantic, and as captivating as an F. Scott Fitzgerald hero. Only this hero has a penchant for ladies’ clothes, and he’s lost his teaching post at Princeton’s Pretty Brook Day School after an unfortunate incident involving a colleague’s brassiere.

Meet Henry Harrison: former actor, failed but brilliant playwright, and a well-seasoned escort for New York City’s women of means. He dances alone to Ethel Merman records, second-acts operas, and performs his scrappy life with the dignity befitting a self-styled man of the world. What can this ageless Don Quixote of the Upper East Side have to offer a young gentleman such as Louis? What, indeed.

Well, the answer lies somewhere between the needs of an irascible mentor and the education of his eager apprentice . . . between cocktails on the Upper East Side and an even more intoxicating treat along the secret fringes of Times Square . . . and between friendship and longing.

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