Nuns with Guns

Nuns with Guns

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by Seth Kaufman
     
 

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The Most Hilarious Man in Hollywood Is Unarmed and Dangerous!

"A smart, witty and engrossing satire! Kaufman is a wonderfully sharp-eyed observer of modern American lunacies." -Zoe Heller, Notes on a Scandal

"Literary gold!" The year's best new reality show concept is actually a book... It's as hilarious as it sounds!"-RadarOnLine.com

"Rick is a

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The Most Hilarious Man in Hollywood Is Unarmed and Dangerous!

"A smart, witty and engrossing satire! Kaufman is a wonderfully sharp-eyed observer of modern American lunacies." -Zoe Heller, Notes on a Scandal

"Literary gold!" The year's best new reality show concept is actually a book... It's as hilarious as it sounds!"-RadarOnLine.com

"Rick is a charismatic antihero bolstered by credible side characters, and in the midst of Kaufman's sardonic humor, there rings out an earnest outcry for gun reform." - Publishers Weekly

Out-of-control producer Rick Salter wants to leave reality TV behind, get married and make movies. But it's not easy. When a senseless murder touches his life, Rick knows exactly what to do - enlist his pal Sister Rosemarie to make a TV series called Nuns with Guns, about four nuns competing to collect the most firearms. Protests and death threats pile up as the sisters travel the country running gun exchanges. Propelled by the show's spirited stars and crazy stunts - and the shadow of death that looms over every episode - the series becomes a smash hit. As Rick pushes the envelope, trying to save America from itself, a question emerges: Who will save Rick?

Laugh-out-loud funny, Nuns with Guns is sure to appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen and Kurt Vonnegut. Seth Kaufman explores deadly national issues by deftly balancing satire with anxiety and insight. The result is a riotous and disturbing must-read!

"Kaufman has done the impossible: he's turned a foul-mouthed, PR-savvy, manipulative, selfish, and occasionally self-righteous reality show producer into a heroic figure. Highly, highly recommended."-Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
"A hilarious, moving sequel...one of the most relevant, timely novels you'll read this year."--Downtown Magazine

"Kaufman's humor and scope in Nuns with Guns is more vibrant than the pure satire of The King of Pain. He's not making fun of America here so much as trying to improve it."--Tom Rayfiel, In Pinelight

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/09/2016
This satirical follow-up to The King of Pain brings back Rick Salter, a salty, world-weary reality TV show producer looking to save face in the aftermath of his previous, much-maligned program, which involved torturing its contestants. Rick has just married his fourth wife, Marta, an undocumented immigrant who was his housekeeper for 21 years, and who saved him from an embarrassing “accident” involving a home entertainment system. When Marta’s sons, who own a taco restaurant, are targeted in a shooting, Rick is inspired to launch a reality show called Nuns with Guns. The premise: four nuns compete against one another to see which one can gather the most guns from American firearm owners. Rick becomes the unlikely voice of a televised revolution, as the nun posse, led by Sister Rosemarie, inspires hordes of Americans to relinquish their weapons. Gun enthusiasts and the NRA, meanwhile, incite an equally fervent backlash. Rick is a charismatic antihero bolstered by credible side characters, and in the midst of Kaufman’s sardonic humor, there rings out an earnest outcry for gun reform. (BookLife)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780986096501
Publisher:
Sukuma Books
Publication date:
01/31/2016
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
360,336
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Seth Kaufman is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, NewYorker.com, NY Post, The National Enquirer and many other publications. He has worked as an ice cream maker, musician, entertainment reporter, editor and ecommerce executive. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two kids.

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Nuns with Guns 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MargoH 7 months ago
This novel is cleverly written and amusing at times, but it is primarily a doctrinaire anti-gun screed. I do not own a gun or have the slightest inclination to get one, but I was disappointed because I bought the book expecting a humorous escape from some of the heavier stuff I have been reading lately and ended up getting preached at instead. And it seems a bit naive to suggest that getting the average non-criminal Americans to turn in their guns (55,000 guns collected in this story!) will solve gun violence in America. How likely is it that those of a mind to perpetrate a gun-related crimes or to massacre a building full of people would attend a rally and relinquish their weapons merely for a chance to pose for a picture with a nun and appear for a few seconds on a reality TV show?
Anonymous 11 months ago
Funny but serious.
Dante2000 More than 1 year ago
One of the most entertaining works of fiction I've read in a long time. I find the hero of Nuns with Guns, Rick Salter, endlessly entertaining. He is a man for our times. Furious, funny, and even though he's a privileged media star, he's also sort of powerless. His idea for a TV show is brilliant. And he writes about TV in a way that makes this crazy story feel totally possible. The whole thing is fascinating. Books about social issues aren't supposed to be this enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reads like the best reality TV contest you've never seen leavened with incisive political commentary about the American love affair with guns. The title of Kaufman's book sets the stage for some satiric fun, but his modest proposal is actually searingly heartfelt. And with a reality TV star en route to the white house, Nuns with Guns feels pretty darn prescient, too. Funny, smart, genuinely affecting and ultimately enraging, Kaufman's book asks, Isn't it time for this abusive relationship to end?
Anonymous 11 months ago
Thought provoking. Some interesting points on why some, but not all, guns should be removed from society. MaDW