The Easy Way Out

The Easy Way Out

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by Stephen McCauley, Robert Thurman
     
 

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Patrick O'Neil is a travel agent who never goes anywhere. His closest confidante, Sharon, is chain-smoking her way to singles hell, passing up man after man. His parents, proprietors of a suburban men's store whose fortunes are sagging more visibly than its customers, can't agree how best to interfere in their sons' lives. And his lover, Arthur (a nice golden

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Patrick O'Neil is a travel agent who never goes anywhere. His closest confidante, Sharon, is chain-smoking her way to singles hell, passing up man after man. His parents, proprietors of a suburban men's store whose fortunes are sagging more visibly than its customers, can't agree how best to interfere in their sons' lives. And his lover, Arthur (a nice golden retriever of a guy to whom Patrick can't quite commit), wants to cement their relationship by buying a house.
Then a call comes in the middle of another sleepless night. Tony, Patrick's straight-as-an-arrow younger brother, has fallen in love with a beautiful lawyer who is turning him on to...opera. Unfortunately, she's not the woman he's already pledged to marry. Tony's life is a mess. Finally, the brothers have something in common.

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Michael Dorris San Francisco Chronicle Like The Object of My Affection, The Easy Way Out is an exhilarating, entertaining, smart novel. Vivid, quirky characters leap off the page....On one level, the collisions of these men and women are laugh-out-loud funny....McCauley has a marvelous knack of selecting angles of observation that reveal more about a character than the character knows about him or herself. The Easy Way Out is a great story, a page-turner, very contemporary, sometimes arch, always agile....Stephen McCauley is a writer of insight, surprise, and finesse. His novel sings.

Vogue Charm may be the hardest of all qualities to pin down on paper, but The Easy Way Out has it brimming from every page....McCauley has an impeccable ear for the language of family squabbles and a consummate understanding of the small pleasures and guilts that inform love. Right up to its bittersweet end, The Easy Way Out provokes numerous smiles and repeated flashes of recognition.

Detroit News It's hard to resist the lovable folks in McCauley's The Easy Way Out...a wonderfully odd and heartrending collection of people, these more or less lost souls trying to figure out their lives and loves...Quirky, complicated and often hilarious, Stephen McCauley's people are, in the end, just like you and me. Read The Easy Way Out and see just how easy it is to fall in love with them.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This heartbreaking book eloquently depicts the compromises that lovers and families make to keep relationships alive. (July)
Library Journal
The author of The Object of My Affection ( LJ 3/1/87) returns with an amusing, eccentric collection of dysfunctional middle-class Bostonians. Patrick O'Neil's relationship with lover Arthur ``had developed into the kind of benign domestic dependency that takes love for granted and accepts as inevitable a certain level of boredom, discontent and suppressed rage.'' As the rather predictable plot develops, Patrick's yuppie brother Tony avoids marriage to his childhood sweetheart by having a last fling, and other brother Ryan, recently divorced, feels lonely. Mother and Father O'Neil snipe constantly at their discontented offspring; interactions among the clan make for lots of bitchy lines and great characterizations. Good for expanding gay fiction collections, but not a necessary purchase.-- Kevin M. Roddy, Univ. of Hawaii at Hilo Lib.
Michael Doris
Like The Object of My Affection, The Easy Way Out is an exhilerating, entertaining, smart novel. Vivid, quirky characters leap off the page...on one level, the collisions of these men and women are laugh out loud funny....The Easy Way Out is a great story, a page turner, very contemporary, sometimes arch, always agile...Stephen McCauley is a writer of insight, surprise, and finesse. His novels sing.... -- The San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671787387
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
07/28/1993
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 0.80(h) x 8.20(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen McCauley is the author of Alternatives to Sex, True Enough, The Man of the House, The Easy Way Out, and The Object of My Affection. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Visit his website at www.stephenmccauley.com.

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The Easy Way Out 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant comes to mind quickly with this novel of people's lives and how they intertwine so perfectly. I rarely laugh out loud while reading a novel, but this one broke the norm. My partner frequently pointed out my laughter even though I wasn't aware I was laughing out loud. I cannot recommend this more. You'll laugh, cry, and be convinced that the novel should never end!