9781897231456

Three Balconies : Stories and a Novella

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  • ISBN13:

    9781897231456

  • ISBN10:

    1897231458

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-09-01
  • Publisher: Northwestern Univ Pr
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Summary

"In these stories you'll meet Jacob, whose hysterical terror of a self-made playground demon comes back to haunt him in an entirely unforeseen way, and Alexander Kahn, a failed novelist turned journalist who discovers camaraderie and fantastic vegetables on a visit to a prison. You'll also meet Hatcher, a moral man who lacks a moral follow-through. Perhaps Friedman's most famous literary creation, Harry Towns, is back in three new stories where he encounters dubious admiration from an opportunistic past love, dabbles in minor speaking roles, contemplates the morbid functions of balconies, and faces the ongoing problem of how to maintain one's dignity in Hollywood. And the title character of the novella, "The Great Beau LeVyne" is perhaps the most memorable and inscrutable of Friedman's characters to date."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Novelist, playwright, short-story writer, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Bruce Jay Friedman was born in New York City. Friedman published his first novel, Stern, in 1962 and established himself as a writer and playwright, most famously known for his off-Broadway hit Steambath (1973) (TV) and his 1978 novel The Lonely Guy's Book of Life. In addition to short stories and plays, Friedman also has published seven novels, and has written numerous screenplays, including the Oscar-nominated Splash (1984). He resides in New York City with his wife, educator Patricia J. O’Donohue.

Table of Contents

The Secret Manp. 13
The Convertp. 21
The Investigative Reporterp. 31
"I Don't Want Her, You Can Have Her"p. 47
Fit As a Fiddlep. 53
Neck and Neckp. 59
A Pebble In His Shoep. 69
The Thespianp. 79
Protect Yourself At All Timesp. 99
Three Balconiesp. 107
Mr. Wimbledonp. 121
The Reversalp. 135
An Affairp. 143
Joined at the Hipp. 147
Kneesocksp. 157
The People Personp. 169
The Great Beau LeVynep. 173
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