Middle Men

Middle Men


By (author) Jim Gavin

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 216mm x 25mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 19 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1451649312
  • ISBN 13: 9781451649314
  • Sales rank: 833,782

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In "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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With its sharply drawn characters, its humor and affection and melancholy, its deep wisdom of the ways we live and cope and endure, and its panoramic and precise vision of California, "Middle Men" is a phenomenal story collection, and Jim Gavin an extravagantly talented writer. I could not put this book down. Gavin brings the California and SoCal I know and love to the page with searing intelligence, beauty, and an emotive force, making "Middle Men" one of the finest and most unusual fictions I ve read in years. --Victoria Patterson "author of Drift and This Vacant Paradise "