The Contortionist's Handbook: A Novel

The Contortionist's Handbook: A Novel

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by Craig Clevenger
     
 

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Born with an extra ring finger on one hand and a gifted proclivity for math, John Dolan Vincent suffered childhood ridicule and a difficult home life. Now his adult life is spiraling downward as he struggles with untreatable migraines, drugs, and the criminal forgery activities he engages in to survive. His clients in the Los Angeles underworld lose patience, he's

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Born with an extra ring finger on one hand and a gifted proclivity for math, John Dolan Vincent suffered childhood ridicule and a difficult home life. Now his adult life is spiraling downward as he struggles with untreatable migraines, drugs, and the criminal forgery activities he engages in to survive. His clients in the Los Angeles underworld lose patience, he's at risk of being institutionalized as a suicidal addict, and the only person in as much danger as himself is the woman who knows his real name.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433298219
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

CRAIG CLEVENGER was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in southern California, where he studied English at California State University, Long Beach. He currently lives in San Francisco.

Ray Porter has appeared in numerous films and television shows, garnered two Audie® nominations as well as multiple Earphones Awards and enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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The Contortionist's Handbook 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That is just how I would categorize this book. The character elements are astonishing. Clevenger can really get inside your brain and make you think that he is writing about you personally. No I am not a contortionist. But we all are in a way just looking for happiness and trying to squeeze into our niche. No I am not a practicing forger. I don't even have good handwriting. What I enjoy most about this book is that even though I am nothing like the main character and I do not agree with what the character does, I can't help but empathize and feel close to the character, like he is a brother or a best-friend. That is good writing, and that is what I look for when I read a book. The whole book is just wonderfully thought-out. I recommend this to anybody that is looking for a great fiction novel that has a great deal of whit and humor. I have purchased this book 3 times; my own hard cover, my brother-in-law's Christmas gift, and a soft cover so that I can loan it to friends without the risk of losing my copy. I am waiting anxiously for Craig's second book. Kabol.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crawling through the labyrinth of mediocre writing in search of something new can often lead to rather unpalatable places. I was in danger of becoming that which I despise: an unadventurous reader safely nestled between the covers with familiar and trusted authors. Craig's book has restored my faith in contemporary writing. I don't know how adequate the comparison is but I found something of Garcia Marquez within this book. Craft. Don't get me wrong, the style and content bear no resemblance. However, there is something of the extraordinary seeming entirely plausible, which appealed to me. The development of the characters is brilliant and the plot compelling enough to read the book in one sitting, provided you don't have to be up early for work the next day. Read this book, if for no other reason than to encourage publishing houses to be a little more daring. Bring on the next one!
KaneH More than 1 year ago
A strange, yet powerful book, with a protagonist suffering a host of problems. Most notably that he has to exist in a netherworld of identities to avoid crooks, prison, or the psychiatric hospitals. He's an identity forger, and the details we get on his work are fascinating, and sound authentic. The world we are shown is brutal and frightening. Recalls Chuck Palahniuk's work in a very good way, so if you like any of that, you'll enjoy this. Kept my interest and didn't know how it would end, so was quite good.
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Spanky-McChuckwagon More than 1 year ago
I really liked the tempo of this book. It went back and forth between flash backs and a psych evaluation after a drug overdose. I really liked the off beat descriptions and the realness of the feelings he tries to get across. I read this because Chuck had good things to say about it, and I wasn't disappointed.
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