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The Greenfather: A Novel
     

The Greenfather: A Novel

by John S. Marshall
 

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Simon, New York’s top organic grocery store owner has a secret: his dad is the head of one of New York’s biggest mob families. When his dad dies, Simon agrees to head the Family, provided that instead of murder, numbers and other rackets, the mob uses its muscle to enforce green regulations and promote healthy eating habits. At first the

Overview


Simon, New York’s top organic grocery store owner has a secret: his dad is the head of one of New York’s biggest mob families. When his dad dies, Simon agrees to head the Family, provided that instead of murder, numbers and other rackets, the mob uses its muscle to enforce green regulations and promote healthy eating habits. At first the mob’s hit men and extortionists resent being pressed into green service, but they soon become Simon’s biggest supporters. Seemingly overnight, the city becomes literally cleaned up. Simon, who had planned on succeeding his dad temporarily, now finds he likes his new position as the head of the Family. However, the green world doesn’t accept him because he’s running a crime family, and the crime world doesn’t trust him because he’s run afoul of the Feds. Simon takes his wife, Marla, to his ancestral homeland in Italy, for a much-needed sabbatical – and gets even further into trouble.

Loosely based on Mario Puzo's runaway hit The Godfather, THE GREENFATHER showcases Marshall’s comic dialogue, honed year after year in late night television, in the grand tradition of classic mob comedy, like Analyze This and Analyze That. Packed with larger than life goons, right-hand men, Feds and green fanatics, THE GREENFATHER satirizes the environmental movement, crime, families, and crime families.

THE GREENFATHER is sharp, hilarious, and takes no prisoners, except the ones who are supposed to go there. It goes well with a light salad of radicchio and cherry plum tomatoes.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“At The Final Edition Radio Hour we know John as one of our most uncompromising political satirists, but The Greenfather has him in far more genial mode as he explores the delicious comic premise of a mob capo with a social conscience. Every chapter is crammed with fall-on-the-floor funny dialogue as he pursues this premise to its absurd—though logical—conclusion. The Greenfather is a gloriously silly work in the grand tradition of mob comedy that goes all the way back to Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot.” —Tony Hendra, Co-Editor-in-Chief, National Lampoon; Co-Producer, The Final Edition Radio Hour

“The amazing John Marshall hilariously captures ‘family’ dynamics with something I thought impossible—a brilliant new twist.” —Lizz Winstead, Co-Creator, The Daily Show; Co-Founder, Lady Parts Justice

“I’ve been a long time fan of John Marshall and his brilliant, comedic mind. His debut novel, The Greenfather, is an absolute gem! I just finished it and can’t wait to read it again and again!” —Adam Wade, 20-Time Moth Champion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781941110515
Publisher:
Three Rooms Press
Publication date:
05/16/2017
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author


John S. Marshall is an Emmy-nominated writer who has written for The Chris Rock Show, Politically Incorrect, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and The Electric Company, to name a few. He is a regulation contributor to The Huffington Post, MAD Magazine, and Bazooka Joe Comics. As a stand-up comedian, he is a regular at Laughing Liberally in New York. He has studied improv with Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and Second City in L.A. He has executive produced the Writers Guild Awards show four times. Raised in Sleepy Hollow, New York, Marshall grew up a mile from Washington Irving’s grave. His first story, written at age four, was called “What to Do If You See a Big Scary Dog.” It had five words: “Fall, senseless, to the ground.” In high school, Marshall studied writing with Mary Cheever, and at the University of Pennsylvania, he studied playwriting with Romulus Linney. He wrote for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and for Colin Quinn’s Weekend Update on SNL. Upcoming include Death & Faxes, an animated series about the Grim Reaper and a comic update of Washington Irving’s story about the Headless Horseman called The Legend of North Tarrytown. THE GREENFATHER is his first novel. Marshall lives in New York City.