The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman [NOOK Book]

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Bruce Jay Friedman has been hailed by critics as a comic genius, a writer whose vision confronts the malaise of contemporary life with a liberating deadpan humor. Grove Press is proud to reissue the collected short stories by this acclaimed master of modern humor. Hailed by Newsweek as "a bona fide literary event," The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman brings together Friedman's fifty-seven greatest stories, which appeared in Esquire, Playboy, The New Yorker, and other magazines from 1953 to 1995. ...
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Overview


Bruce Jay Friedman has been hailed by critics as a comic genius, a writer whose vision confronts the malaise of contemporary life with a liberating deadpan humor. Grove Press is proud to reissue the collected short stories by this acclaimed master of modern humor. Hailed by Newsweek as "a bona fide literary event," The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman brings together Friedman's fifty-seven greatest stories, which appeared in Esquire, Playboy, The New Yorker, and other magazines from 1953 to 1995. "Friedman [is] more interesting than most of Malamud, Roth, and Bellow. . . . What makes him more important is that he writes out of the viscera instead of the cerebrum." -- Nelson Algren, The Nation
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From poignant bildungsroman to sly satire, from wicked comedy to surrealistic farce, this virtuosic collection covers more than four decades' worth of short stories (1952-1995) by novelist (Stern), screenwriter (Stir Crazy), and playwright (Steambath) Friedman. With a caricaturist's gift for evoking complexities in a few quick strokes, Friedman illuminates the minds of both ordinary guys and egregious eccentrics as they grapple with pivotal decisions. A college professor contemplates life as a pimp; another man dreams of helping Sammy Davis Jr. relax. A hospital patient's EKG follows fluctuations in a stock price; a suicide ``jumper'' refuses to be sweet-talked by a cop. The 48 stories here are grouped into seven sections (``Crazed Youth''; ``Sex''; ``Death,'' and so on); several of the tales feature Harry Towns, a screenwriter who wrestles with personal responsibility, the uncertainty of Hollywood life and a recreational cocaine habit. In still other stories, one Martin Gans attends strangers' funerals to make sure enough fuss is made; Mr. Prinzo devises a perverse test of his analyst's discretion; Mr. Dworkin weaves elaborate sexual fantasies as he interviews job applicants. Throughout, Friedman explores themes such as loneliness, aging, fear, parenthood and ethnicity, spinning tales in an expertly modulated voice that lies somewhere equidistant from those of Wilde, Salinger and Woody Allen. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Like his film script Splash, the typical Friedman story begins in the realm of the mundane, takes a quick surreal detour, and travels erratically through an idiosyncratic and highly risible countryside. In "The Big Six," for example, clumps of broccoli from a special can allow the eater to return to the past and "consummate early seductions that went awry." Originally published between 1953 and 1995, these 48 stories provide wry commentary on social behavior spanning almost half a century. In a semblance of order, the stories appear under headings like "Crazed Youth," "Mother," "Sex," and "Death." At times these categories themselves seem to be a part of Friedman's running joke. For example, "The Holiday Celebrators" is a tale about gamblers who must arrange traffic fatalities so that they can win bets on the holiday death toll. Inexplicably, this story comes in the middle of the section labeled "Sex." Recommended for most collections.-Albert Wilhelm, Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville
Brad Hooper
Readers who feel short stories are too high-flown--too literary, arcane, and serious--will find counterbalance in Friedman, whose stories have uncomplicated structures, obvious gists, intelligible metaphors, and unambiguous endings and come wrapped in humor. This compilation of his output in the short story form between 1953 and 1995 has a thematic arrangement, with categories such as "Mother," "Crazed Youth," and "Sex." Some of the more outstanding pieces are "The Subversive," about the narrator's air force buddy whom the narrator believed to be the most all-American guy he ever met until his friend commits a crazed act; "The Gent," concerning a man who succumbs to a seduction by his best friend's daughter; and "The Night Boxing Ended," in which ringside heckling goes way out of bounds. For all popular fiction collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555847869
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,244,228
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword
The Subversive 3
Brazzaville Teen-ager 9
Far from the City of Class 16
The Partners (featuring Harry Towns) 27
Black Angels 47
The Man They Threw Out of Jets 52
Detroit Abe 61
A Change of Plan 74
The Mourner 80
Lady (featuring Harry Towns) 87
When You're Excused, You're Excused 105
The Hero 115
The Good Time 123
The Mission 136
The Enemy 142
23 Pat O'Brien Movies 151
The Icing on the Cake 156
Wonderful Golden Rule Days 162
The Humiliation 167
Back to Back (featuring Harry Towns) 174
Post Time 195
An Ironic Yetta Montana 198
Mr. Prinzo's Breakthrough 207
Our Lady of the Lockers 218
Business Is Business 244
Living Together 251
The Trip 256
Marching Through Delaware 264
The Gent (featuring Harry Towns) 271
The Holiday Celebrators 277
The Operator 280
The Investor 292
For Your Viewing Entertainment 301
The Canning of Mother Dean 308
Show Biz Connections 316
The Night Boxing Ended 324
The Interview 328
The Death Table 332
The Little Ball 336
Yes, We Have No Ritchard 344
The Neighbors 351
Let's Hear It for a Beautiful Guy 357
The Scientist 363
The Gentle Revolutionaries 367
The Golden Years 379
The War Criminal 384
Pitched Out (featuring Harry Towns) 391
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