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A Thing (or Two) about Curtis and Camilla (Vintage Contemporaries)

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From the moment her daschund humped his leg on a Soho street, aspiring rock star/subway performer Curtis Birnbaum knew he was a goner. He sensed Camilla was a woman who would equally inspire and terrify him. And, miraculously, his ploys for her affection work. With the addition of Camilla to his life, the only thing he lacks for complete happiness is that elusive record deal (and some health insurance). But then, ominously, Camilla begins to slip away.

In this daring East Village love story, Nick Fowler gives us a hero who is completely honest about his heartbreak. We root for Curtis as he bottoms out and blunders his way through a series of hilarious misadventures--from a nude modeling stint, to a regretable steam room incident at Crunch gym, to a destination he has only dreamed of: the top floor of Worldwide Plaza where the record moguls preside. Through it all, Curtis remains determined to win back Camilla. Delightfully quirky and unexpectedly poignant, A Thing (or Two) about Curtis and Camilla conjures a tale about the price of love that is as true as it is hysterical.

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"Nick Fowler's ambitious, irresistibly melodic debut novel about love in lower Manhattan resonates like a perfect pop song...invigorating." Los Angeles Times

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"Nick Fowler is an expansive, lyrical, inventive writer." Valerie Sayers, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"This love story is so good--almost too good." William McKeen, Orlando Sentinel

About the Author

Nick Fowler, a musician, has written for Metal Edge, Teen Beat, and other illustrious magazines, and has appeared on The Tonight Show and The Sopranos. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, graduated from Cornell University, and now lives in New York City with his dog, Luigi.

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mari-elaine, November 8, 2007 (view all comments by mari-elaine)
"A Thing or Two About Curtis and Camilla" is superbly charming, from the depiction of Curtis's neighbor, Little Green, a little girl with whom he has an innocent friendship worthy of Holden Caulfield, to Camilla's beloved dachsund Phillip, to Curtis and Camilla themselves, to the very funny footnotes. Charming and also sad, as it recaptures that terrible feeling of hopeless love that can't last. The shots--and they're so visual, they seem like snapshots--of New York City are both vivid and hilarious. There were sections where I could not stop laughing, the same helpless laughter as I experienced reading Bruce Jay Friedman's "A Mother's Kisses," especially the section in a gym where Curtis contemplates changing his sexual orientation. I also like the cynicism of the music business, shown through a fat roommate of Curtis's. I love this book for its honest and wide range of emotions. It's "High Fidelity" in a literary vein, a really good vein!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375713231
Author:
Fowler, Nick
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
East Village (New York, N.Y.)
Subject:
East Village
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
3603
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
7.98x5.24x.90 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375713231 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Nick Fowler's ambitious, irresistibly melodic debut novel about love in lower Manhattan resonates like a perfect pop song...invigorating."
"Review" by , "Nick Fowler is an expansive, lyrical, inventive writer." Valerie Sayers, The New York Times Book Review
"Review" by , "This love story is so good--almost too good." William McKeen, Orlando Sentinel
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