Mister Monkey

A Novel
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Product Number: Z100115407
Released: Oct 18, 2016
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ISBN: #9780062564375
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The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author weaves an ingenious, darkly humorous, and brilliantly observant story that follows the exploits and intrigue of a constellation of characters affiliated with an off-off-off-off Broadway children's musical. Mister Monkey—a screwball children's musical about a playfully larcenous pet chimpanzee—is the kind of family favorite that survives far past its prime. Margot, who plays the chimp's lawyer, knows the production is dreadful and bemoans the failure of her acting career. She's settled into the drudgery of playing a humiliating part—until the day she receives a mysterious letter from an anonymous admirer...?nd later, in the middle of a performance, has a shocking encounter with Adam, the twelve-year-old who plays the title role. Francine Prose's effervescent comedy is told from the viewpoints of wildly unreliable, seemingly disparate characters whose lives become deeply connected as the madcap narrative unfolds. There is Adam, whose looming adolescence informs his interpretation of his role; Edward, a young audience member who is candidly unimpressed with the play; Ray, the author of the novel on which the musical is based, who witnesses one of the most awkward first dates in literature; and even the eponymous Mister Monkey, the Monkey God himself. With her trademark wit and verve, Prose delves into humanity's most profound mysteries: art, ambition, childhood, aging, and love. Startling and captivating, Mister Monkey is a breathtaking novel from a writer at the height of her craft.

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Author(s): Francine Prose
Awards:2017-Fiction-Long Listed-Andrew Carnegie Medal
Original Publish Date: Oct 18, 2016

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Author(s): Francine Prose
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Author(s): Francine Prose
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Professional reviews

"A darling orphaned chimp is rescued from the jungles of Africa, comes to live with his new family in New York City, and high jinks ensue. What could make for a better, more saccharine, children's musical? Voice talents Nan McNamara and Kirby Heyborne seamlessly find the sweet spot between satirical and sympathetic in this richly observed tale of a cast of wannabe and second-chance actors who are trying to keep their beleaguered off-, off-Broadway production afloat. Whether it's Heyborne giving voice to a 5-year-old boy's fear of switching schools or McNamara reflecting a "serious" actress's mortification at finding herself onstage in a multicolored clown wig--the book is consistently funny and heartbreaking throughout. An achingly gentle, smart, and satisfying listening experience. B.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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