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Who Sleeps with Katzby Todd McEwen
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When the doctor delivers bad news, what is a man to do with the life he has left to live? He can cry, he can wonder which particular cigarette did him in. Or he can call the friend he loves in the city he adores, and travel the streets and avenues of New York to meet him. Every corner, every block has a memory: women, food, drinks, friendship, the comedy of office life and of sexual success and failure. It?s as though the buildings of Manhattan are a shelf of books, each to be opened and read, as if for the last time. This tender, funny novel is a salute to a great city?s enchantment and the sweet, frustrating mysteries of life ? by one of today's most richly inventive writers, described by the Guardian as 'one of the few real writers around'.
"What we are dealing with here is a classic. Not in the Clive Barnes on late-night television exclaiming over the quality of the leather bindings sort of way. And not in the way of books you've always guiltily meant to read, or finally do wondering what's the big deal. (Is Death in Venice really that swoony?)
Who Sleeps With Katz (no question mark) is a classic in the way of books that spread like a rumor, of books that you read and, years after they appear, find others who've read them too, thinking no one else has even heard of them. Who Sleeps With Katz can look forward to a paperback reissue in 20 years from the New York Review of Books and an accompanying rapturous introduction. Why wait?" Charles Taylor, Salon.com (read the entire Salon review)
"A virtuoso performance...McEwen has that rarest of qualities; genuine originality." The Herald
"Unique...a dizzying, compelling novel that throws humour, pathos and crudeness up from the page in equal measures from start to finish...raw, immediate, funny and leaving no emotion unexplored...a strong original voice." Scotland on Sunday
"If fiction lives or dies on 'the voice', then this one's immortal...What follows is a heartbreaking, funny, sadness tinged journey into a life lived, a life expiring, the meaning of life. Phenomenal." Uncut
"A laugh-aloud and bittersweet threnody...an exquisite Joycean prayer to the daily Gods of New York." Alan Warner
The doctor delivers bad news. What's a man to do, with the life he has left to live? He can cry, he can wonder which particular cigarette did it. Or (and as well) he can call the friend he loves in the city he loves and then set out down the avenues and streets of New York to meet him.
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