Mama's Boy: A Novel

Mama's Boy: A Novel

by Rick DeMarinis
     
 

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Gus Reppo's parents have everything figured out for their son, right down to the county where they hope he'll practice dentistry. And when they follow him to the air force base where he enlists—who else will make sure he's served adequate meals?—he realizes it’s not going to be easy shaking off his kin, or their Mantovani obsession. After his mother

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Gus Reppo's parents have everything figured out for their son, right down to the county where they hope he'll practice dentistry. And when they follow him to the air force base where he enlists—who else will make sure he's served adequate meals?—he realizes it’s not going to be easy shaking off his kin, or their Mantovani obsession. After his mother introduces the possibility that his parents are not who they seem, Gus’s life takes a turn for the weird, in this latest hilarious novel from American original DeMarinis.

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Gus Reppo, the nice guy hero of Demarinis's slight latest, joined the Air Force "to get away from his doting parents but they followed him." As it happens, this isn't a good move for anyone. Though Gus's father tries to push him into the family business of dentistry, Gus ends up a radio repairman on a base in remotest Montana, where there is little to do but get in trouble. While Gus is nothing if not decent, he still can't get things quite right; "You just seem like the kind of guy that attracts trouble. You don't look for it, but it finds you anyway," a girl tells Gus before they drive her car out onto a frozen lake just for yuks. Indeed, trouble finds Gus repeatedly, but there's never a sense that it affects him all that much. Demarinis (The Year of the Zinc Penny) wrangles an endearing cast into a straightforward story of a man whose life falls apart around him, but the narrative, with all of its inconsequential developments, lacks urgency. It's competently written, but, like Gus, it falls into trouble despite pure intentions. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609801465
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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RICK DEMARINIS is the author of several novels and collections of short fiction. His stories have appeared in Harper's, Antaeus, Story, Epoch, and many others. In 1990 he received a Literature Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

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