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An Ambulance Is on the Way: Stories of Men in Troubleby Jonathan Wilson
Synopses & Reviews
National Jewish Book Award finalist Jonathan Wilson’s uproariously funny stories showcase the neuroses of suburban men as they ruminate, self-medicate, and acclimate to the rhythms of middle age.
From the slacker husband who spends his day running household errands, chatting up the local soccer moms, and drinking most of the wine he was instructed to buy for his wife’s women’s-group meeting, to the man who calls an old girlfriend while waiting for the verdict from his cardiologist, to the good Jewish son who is torn between the caustic wit of his very Jewish mother and the fertility urges of his very not-Jewish girlfriend, each of these stories is touched by Wilson’s affection for male foibles. Taken together, they give us a nuanced picture of men in hot water–with women, their teenage kids, and their own consciences.
An incisive collection of short stories by the author of A Palestine Affair offers a subtle portrait of the middle-aged American husband and father--well-meaning men who are horny but physically gone to pot, adrift on dreams and the desire for a bit of a break, but who cannot suppress their feelings about love, family, and the everyday details of middle-class life. Reprint.
Jonathan Wilson is the author of the novels A Palestine Affair, a 2004 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and The Hiding Room, and of Schoom, a collection of stories. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Short Stories, and Ploughshares, among other publications, and he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches English at Tufts University and lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.
Table of Contents
Sons of God — Mini-Joe — Mother with child — Dead ringers — An ambulance is on the way — Lothar and Inez — Tosh — True love — Fat twins — Last light — Fundamentals.
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