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    DescriptionIn "Middle Men," Stegner Fellow and "New Yorker" contributor Jim Gavin delivers a hilarious and panoramic vision of California, portraying a group of men, from young dreamers to old vets, as they make valiant forays into middle-class respectability. In "Play the Man" a high-school basketball player aspires to a college scholarship, in "Elephant Doors," a production assistant on a game show moonlights as a stand-up comedian, and in the collection's last story, the immensely moving "Costello," a middle-aged plumbing supplies salesman comes to terms with the death of his wife. The men in Gavin's stories all find themselves stuck somewhere in the middle, caught half way between their dreams and the often crushing reality of their lives. A work of profound humanity that pairs moments of high comedy with searing truths about life's missed opportunities, "Middle Men" brings to life a series of unforgettable characters learning what it means to love and work and be in the world as a man, and it offers our first look at a gifted writer who has just begun teaching us the tools of his trade.


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    Title
    Middle Men
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jim Gavin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781451649314
    ISBN 10: 1451649312
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    DC22: 813/.6
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T Approval Code: A26453200
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 81
    B&T Approval Code: P26100000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3607.A9845 M53 2013
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    19 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "I love the wit and intelligence and rigor with which Jim Gavin renders characters who find themselves spiraling down the water column. Middle Men is peerless in its portraits of American males dimly coming to appreciate the disastrous convergence of their own fecklessness and feelings of entitlement with the increasingly unforgiving hard times bearing down on them, and on most of the rest of us as well."--Jim Shepard "author of You Think That's Bad and Liked You'd Understand, Anyway "