Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007
Product Number: EB00641295
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802197436
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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New York Times-Bestselling Author: A Jewish man struggles in midcentury suburbia in this dark comic novel "in the tradition of the Charlie Chaplin movie."—Time The first novel by Bruce Jay Friedman, the author of such classics as The Lonely Guy and A Mother's Kisses, Stern tells the story of a young Jewish man who relocates his family from the city to the suburbs—where they are besieged by voracious caterpillars and a bigotry that ranges from the genteel snub to outright confrontation. When his wife is accosted by a boorish neighbor, Stern begins hatching a plot to exact revenge—a painstaking, procrastination-filled process with hilarious consequences. "An iridescent tour de forcecarnal, humorous, and at times slightly surrealistic."—The New York Times Book Review "A strange and touching novelfunny and sad at the same time."—Time "What makes Friedman more interesting than most of Malamud, Roth, and Bellow is the sense he affords of possibilities larger than the doings and undoings of the Jewish urban bourgeoiswhat makes him more important is that he writes out of the viscera instead of the cerebrum."—The Nation

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