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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"A storyteller of refreshing inventiveness and subtlety" (San Francisco Chronicle), Jonathan Ames has won critical raves for this delightful "comedy of impeccable manners with a debauched '90s spin" (Elle).

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.

Review:

"A sure-footed exploration of sexual confusion and a loopily elegant, surprisingly moving urban comedy of manners." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Ames makes it clear that his protagonist's sexual tentativeness and anxiety are really just flimsy covers for his passion and warmth. That's what makes The Extra Man work so well. Louis may feel as awkward as Milton Berle in drag, but inside he's really Fred Astaire — he just doesn't know it yet." The New York Times

Review:

"Ames follows I Pass Like Night with a gentle account of a burgeoning friendship between two likable oddballs....Henrys unpredictability and benign theatricality make [their] outings hum, but Louis is also winning on his own terms — up-front about his hunger to be liked, unfazed by squalor, endlessly appreciative of Henry's spirit and kindness. The sexual-confusion subplot is murky and entirely lacking in resolution, but who cares? It's just plain fun to watch these quasi-misfits fall for each other." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"An endearing, entertaining story." The San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Makes verbal high jinks look almost as easy as pie in the face....An urban confection." The New Yorker

Review:

"A miracle....This novel is not to be missed." Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"Ames has the one thing Fitzgerald lacked: a sense of humor...The Extra Man wins us over with its sheer energy and good will, its confidence in the ability of its own humor and intelligence to widen our ideas about the possibilities of love, and about the permissible range of inner and outer lives to which today's young gentleman may properly aspire." Francine Prose, The New York Observer

Review:

"The Louis and Henry show is honest, funny, and original, making the meaning of 'human' deep and strange in the best way." The Village Voice

About the Author

Jonathan Ames is and a columnist for New York Press. He lives in New York City, where he performs frequently as a storyteller in theaters and nightclubs. He is the winner of a Transatlantic Review award and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also the author of I Pass Like Night, available from Washington Square Press.

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:
9780671015589
Author:
Ames, Jonathan
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Contemporary Classics
Publication Date:
July 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 10.885 oz

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Product details 384 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780671015589 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A sure-footed exploration of sexual confusion and a loopily elegant, surprisingly moving urban comedy of manners."
"Review" by , "Ames makes it clear that his protagonist's sexual tentativeness and anxiety are really just flimsy covers for his passion and warmth. That's what makes The Extra Man work so well. Louis may feel as awkward as Milton Berle in drag, but inside he's really Fred Astaire — he just doesn't know it yet."
"Review" by , "Ames follows I Pass Like Night with a gentle account of a burgeoning friendship between two likable oddballs....Henrys unpredictability and benign theatricality make [their] outings hum, but Louis is also winning on his own terms — up-front about his hunger to be liked, unfazed by squalor, endlessly appreciative of Henry's spirit and kindness. The sexual-confusion subplot is murky and entirely lacking in resolution, but who cares? It's just plain fun to watch these quasi-misfits fall for each other."
"Review" by , "An endearing, entertaining story."
"Review" by , "Makes verbal high jinks look almost as easy as pie in the face....An urban confection."
"Review" by , "A miracle....This novel is not to be missed."
"Review" by , "Ames has the one thing Fitzgerald lacked: a sense of humor...The Extra Man wins us over with its sheer energy and good will, its confidence in the ability of its own humor and intelligence to widen our ideas about the possibilities of love, and about the permissible range of inner and outer lives to which today's young gentleman may properly aspire." Francine Prose,
"Review" by , "The Louis and Henry show is honest, funny, and original, making the meaning of 'human' deep and strange in the best way."
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