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Love with Noodles: An Amorous Widower's Tale
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Love with Noodles: An Amorous Widower's Tale

by Harry I. Freund
 

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Stockbroker Dan Gelder, age sixty, has a posh Fifth Avenue address, is two years a widower, and remains faithful to his deceased wife. Numbed by grief, he is annoyed by the attentions of the women introduced to him by friends. Then he meets Violet Finkel, Susan Klein, Myra Cox, and Tatiana Andrevsky. Violet tempts him with limitless luxury and profound affection,

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Stockbroker Dan Gelder, age sixty, has a posh Fifth Avenue address, is two years a widower, and remains faithful to his deceased wife. Numbed by grief, he is annoyed by the attentions of the women introduced to him by friends. Then he meets Violet Finkel, Susan Klein, Myra Cox, and Tatiana Andrevsky. Violet tempts him with limitless luxury and profound affection, which he discovers on a journey with her to Jerusalem. But plumpish, pretty Susan offers him cookies in her kitchen. Myra, an activist dedicated to the cause — and jewelry — of Native Americans, tests the strength of his lower back. Exotic Tatiana weds beauty to mystery, and grace to pride, as she strives to overcome a Russian immigrant's poverty for herself and her young son. Meanwhile, Dan's son, Eric, is facing bankruptcy, which Dan can handle more readily than Eric's marriage proposal to the gorgeous shiksa Carol Hoffman. Forced to examine this unexpected crisis in terms of his own faith and his Jewish heritage, Dan finds that more than his libido has been renewed. This comic, yet wise, delightful novel views the follies and fallibilities of romance at a certain age — serving up love deliciously, with noodles.

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Publishers Weekly
Freund's debut novel, set amongst the Park Avenue Jewish social set, skates by on a breeze of light social comedy. Two years after his beloved wife's death, 60-year-old Upper East Side stockbroker Dan Gelder finds himself "back in the saddle," pursued by eligible women of a certain age, each looking for love and comfort in their rapidly approaching golden years. An unexpected Romeo, Dan juggles the demands of his numerous suitors while still preoccupied with the memory of his wife and burdened with concern for his ne'er-do-well son, Eric (who's marrying a shiksa). Soon, Dan is caught between two polar-opposite women: Violet Finkel, a filthy-rich dynamo who takes over his life, and Tatiana, a struggling Russian immigrant with a piano-prodigy son. A male version of a Judith Krantz novel, Freund's book makes for New York-centric pornography, being as much about the joy of real estate and money as sex. Dan, though, is an engaging presence, whose ambivalent romping as he recovers from grief renders him multidimensional. For those with a yen for a kosher-style romance, this dish might hit the spot. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Meet widower Dan Gelder, a 62-year-old Jewish stockbroker who's part of Manhattan's ultrarich social set. It's only been two years since his wife died, and just the thought of dates-let alone sexual romps-makes him tired. But being male, rich, and breathing, he's a valuable commodity in the dating market, and this first novel chronicles the comic attempts of his friends to set him up. Dan becomes involved with two women who couldn't be more different: Violet, an overbearing, fabulously wealthy widow who knows what she wants and makes sure that everyone else knows it; and Tatiana, a Russian immigrant much younger than Dan who has a young son. This senior version of Portnoy's Complaint will have readers laughing at the unspoken-sexual experiences after a "certain age." In spite of the adult language and situations, this book is highly recommended for all public libraries.-Marika Zemke, West Bloomfield Twp. P.L., MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786717989
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Harry Freund lives in New York City with his wife. He has two grandchildren.

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