Thousand Benjamins

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After twenty years of marriage, Mary Jude has had enough of Benjamin. "A thousand Benjamins couldn't make me happy," she says. Lost in the monotony of daily life and the undertow of memories, Benjamin meets Kim, a woman eighteen years his junior who bears a sadness in her green eyes that is connected to a scar that runs from the base of her throat to her ribs. Slowly, Benjamin and Kim, who for entirely different reasons believe themselves beyond repair, begin to admit that this might actually be the time of their...
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After twenty years of marriage, Mary Jude has had enough of Benjamin. "A thousand Benjamins couldn't make me happy," she says. Lost in the monotony of daily life and the undertow of memories, Benjamin meets Kim, a woman eighteen years his junior who bears a sadness in her green eyes that is connected to a scar that runs from the base of her throat to her ribs. Slowly, Benjamin and Kim, who for entirely different reasons believe themselves beyond repair, begin to admit that this might actually be the time of their lives.Michael Kun is the author of the novels You Poor Monster, My Wife and My Dead Wife, and The Locklear Letters as well as the short story collection Corrections to My Memoirs. He is a trial lawyer in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Paige.

An exact and wonderfully perceptive account of the irrationalities of love.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rarely is a first novel as graceful, polished and mature as this debut by a 27-year-old attorney. A wistful tale about two sad and lonely people, it resonates with bittersweet insights. Benjamin Sacks, 40, is a salesman with a tragic past and a recent divorce. Kimberly Cassella is a green-eyed 23-year-old waitress with a secret: a disfiguring heart-surgery scar. Their romance, set in Kun's native Baltimore, forces Benjamin to confront himself and his feelings about the people in his life; by the end of the book we feel great affection for this fragile man who hides his own light under a bushel of woes. Kun's writing has a tone of quiet humor tinged with despair, evoking J. D. Salinger's stories about the Glass family. (There are in fact several Salinger references.) Although most explicitly dramatic moments are related as part of Benjamin's past, the story has a quiet power that belies the absence of a twisting plot or shocking event. This novel deserves serious attention as the herald of a truly interesting new voice. (Apr.)
Library Journal
A bittersweet story about love, guilt, and forgetting pain, this book was written during Kun's last year at law school. Tenuous lovers Kim and Benjamin must remember the past in order to make sense of the present. When newly divorced Benjamin, recovering from his parents' tragic deaths, meets Kim, who is recovering from recent heart surgery, Benjamin needs ``to figure out what my life means.'' Flawed emotionally and ``feeling small beneath the universe,'' he cannot cope with Kim's physical flaw, a disfiguring scar. Their search for bonding and happiness, and an escape from pain and loss, is the focus of the action as all the characters realize the need to work out their feelings in order to go forward. Recommended.-- Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596921030
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/19/2007
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    A Thousand Benjamins

    I picked up this book after reading The Locklear Letters, expecting more of the same humor. It's a great book, but very different. Sweeter, sadder, more poignant. It's hard to believe it's the same author, although there are more than a few uproarious lines and scenes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    A Thousand Benjamins

    I picked up A Thousand Benjamins after reading the author's hilarious 2003 novel The Locklear Letters. It's hard to believe that this is the same writer because the style is so markedly different. The result is the same, however: a fabulous, moving book. I hate to sound like a cheesy movie critic, but I laughed and I cried reading this book. It really is a masterpiece.

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