The Doorman

The Doorman

by Zack Love

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Overview

The Doorman by Zack Love

Alex seems to have it all: a great penthouse apartment, a lovely girlfriend, and a prestigious Wall Street job. But below the surface he is sure of nothing but his angst-ridden doubts. And when he realizes that his doorman may be God, or sent by God, he will question things like never before.

This novelette is a story of New York doormen, tormented love, empty office life, and the theological questions that arise in response to the horrors of evil.

NOTE: You can get this work, along with six others, in ”Stories and Scripts: an Anthology" for far less. The cost of buying all of the stories individually amounts to about twice the price of the anthology. As an added bonus, the collection also includes three works that aren't available separately.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149371150
Publisher: SQ Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 290 KB

About the Author

Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he studied mostly literature, psychology, philosophy, and film. After college, he moved to New York City and took a corporate consulting job that had absolutely nothing to do with his studies. The attacks of September 11, 2001 inspired him to write a novella titled "The Doorman," and heightened his interest in the Middle East. A decade later, that interest extended to the Syrian Civil war, which provided the backdrop for his latest work. In late 2013, Zack began releasing his unpublished works of fiction and he is now a full-time author. Zack has published comedy, psychological and philosophical fiction, and romance. He enjoys confining himself to one genre about as much as he likes trying to sum up his existence in one paragraph.

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The Doorman 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LilyW More than 1 year ago
After reading Sex in the Title I wanted to read more of Zack's work and I was surprised by his diversity as an author! I found The Doorman to be an enthralling, thought provoking read that had me questioning my friends and family all day about their beliefs and whereabouts during the September 11 attacks. It has to be said I love the way Zack writes! For me he has found the perfect balance between keeping my mind active and alert enough that I'm not mentally bored and keeping me relaxed enough to still enjoy reading it! I thought the characters were like your normal everyday people, people that you could easily walk past on the street. The story, though short, is packed full of events that kept me thinking well after I had finished it! I love how he has combined what some will see as controversial topics to create a flawless intellectual, thought provoking masterpiece! The only thing I will say is that I would have liked it to be longer, but that is purely because I loved the way I reacted to it not because it actually needs to be longer! For me this book didn't lack in any aspect. Another amazing read from Mr. Love!!   
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Zack Love’s “The Doorman” is a very well-written short story that leaves you thinking and wondering about fate, free will, God, and many other issues. I really liked this one and I can totally see it becoming required reading in college English classes. It’s hard to describe it any more without giving any plot details away. You can read it in less than an hour and it’s definitely worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say for a short story this was one of the most Intelligent and insightful books I have ever read. I wish it had been longer because I just couldn’t get enough of it. Zack has done it again and outdone himself with this amazing book. The Doormen proves that Zack is one remarkable writer and I can’t wait to read more from him. The Doorman is Brilliant. I absolutely loved Alex. He had so much to say and was always looking for more in everything he did. He just felt like he should be doing more and he wanted to help people. I adored that about him. I absolutely enjoyed watching Alex grow into his own person and finally decide to do what was best for him. Alex had some amazing people in his life that helped to mold him into the man he was. I loved how Orlee was so free spirited and had a fun outlook on life. She had such a beautiful spirit about her. What happens to her is just heartbreaking, I hated it. Then you have Anna. She was good for him as well. She gave him the security he felt that he needed. She was always so patient and kind to him.  Then you have the Doormen. They always had something inspiring to say to Alex. They gave him some of the most wonderful advice and seem to always believe in his ability to follow it. Lenny is the one who had me in awe. He is by far one of the most insightful men I have ever read about. Everything he said made perfect sense and was spoken so freely.  You will learn so much about each of these characters while reading this book and even learn things about yourself because you can’t help but reflect on the advice Lenny gives. Just be prepared to be in shock as well. I was so blown away by many scenes in the book, but one in particular will have you holding your breath to see what happens to Alex.  Review by  #VernaLovesBooks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An AWESOME Short Story!  The Doorman is an inspiring and thought-provoking short story. It struck a cord with me, especially since I live so close to NYC and could totally appreciate Alex’ thoughts and reactions towards his experiences in the story. For those of you who have read Zack Love’s Sex in the Title, this novelette is a departure from Zack’s witty, silly and humorous anecdotes, showcasing his amazing ability to write a thoughtful, deep and beautiful story.  If you haven’t yet read any of Zack’s works, I highly recommend this short story as an excellent introduction to his awesome writing! 
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
Again, I don't typically take on this type of book, but I wanted to give this a chance. While the other short had a lighter tone, this one is a bit darker. My heart felt heavier after I closed the kindle.  From the outside, Alex has a great life. He's making great money, but it's in a job he's not happy with. He has a girlfriend that's great, but he's not quite sure that she's the one. He loves where he lives though and the doormen that keep the building safe.  As I got a glimpse into Alex's life, I found a man who had life at the tips of his fingers, but really...money and prestige don't buy happiness and I felt that that's where he was. He wanted to do something more meaningful with his life. He wanted to give back to the community he loves. Time goes by and his plans are in place to finally take that step.  This is where the story got really interesting to me. The day was September 11, 2011. We all know what happened on that day, but for Alex, it changed his life in a very personal way. He worked in one of the towers, but because the doorman kept him talking in the elevator, he was late to work. I just got chills even as I wrote that! Timing, fate, luck, circumstance...whatever you want to call it, Alex wasn't there when the towers came down. He saw it all though and had to suffer the loss of friends and co-workers. The events of that day made him question life and the steps he was taking to make his better.  Overall, it was an interesting read. I had wondered where the story was going to take me early on. This little short left me thinking about my life and reminded me to make the most of it. Check this one out if you're looking for a thought provoking read.  Quote: "Who says this is all of God? This guy talkin' to you is just a small part of God. God's in those people still in the rubble, givin' them hope. He's in the firemen, workin' to save them. And he's in those rescue workers who were killed. He's in the people all over the world who are sendin' money and volunteerin' their services."-pg 20 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago