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The Phony Marine: A Novel

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Veteran newsman and acclaimed novelist Jim Lehrer exposes worlds both intimate and universal, builds suspense with an accomplished hand, and reveals a savvy understanding of the modern social landscape. With The Phony Marine, Lehrer dives into a highly controversial topic–and delivers his most compelling character portrait to date.

Hugo Marder is about as unremarkable as they come. On the floor of the Washington, D.C., branch of Nash Brothers, one of the country’s most respected men’s stores, Hugo is a wise, reserved salesman. At home, he is a solitary, divorced fifty-year-old with few friends and an eBay addiction. But he has always wanted to make more of his life, dreaming of becoming an artist or a cartoonist. When he was younger, he’d always wanted to be a marine.

Late one night, Hugo stumbles upon an online auction for a Silver Star, the medal awarded for bravery in battle. He bids and wins. But it is only after he places the lapel pin on his jacket that he realizes the enormity of his actions. Suddenly, ordinary people begin to treat him differently, with dignity and respect. Is he really going to pretend the honor is his own?

As Hugo wrestles with his conscience, a transformation begins to take place. He studies the life of a marine, learns the military terminology, body-builds at the gym, even gets a crew cut. When he is reborn as a former marine, his life immediately changes. Is it possible that his deception has unlocked the man he always wanted to be? Through numerous challenges and more than one terrifying ordeal, Hugo Marder must prove his worth. And in the end, he must ask himself: What is a hero?

Alive with detail, emotional depth, and unexpected twists of plot, The Phony Marine is a tense, revelatory work of fiction that will cause every reader to consider his or her own stance on what truly makes someone great.

Synopsis:

Tired of being a nobody and faced with his solitary life as a divorced fifty year old with few friends and an eBay addiction, Hugo Marder suddenly is confronted by a chance to transform himself when he purchases a Silver Star in an online auction, passes himself off as a Marine war hero, and discovers the true worth of a hero. 35,000 first printing.

About the Author

Jim Lehrer served as a Marine Corps infantry officer in the 1950s. His father and brother were also marines. This is his sixteenth novel. He’s also the author of two memoirs and three plays and is the executive editor and anchor of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his novelist wife, Kate. They have three daughters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588365606
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Lehrer, James
Author:
Lehrer, Jim
Author:
James Lehrer
Author:
Jim Lehrer
Subject:
Fiction-General
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Marines
Subject:
Impersonation
Subject:
General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20061107
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
207

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"Synopsis" by , Tired of being a nobody and faced with his solitary life as a divorced fifty year old with few friends and an eBay addiction, Hugo Marder suddenly is confronted by a chance to transform himself when he purchases a Silver Star in an online auction, passes himself off as a Marine war hero, and discovers the true worth of a hero. 35,000 first printing.
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