The Tenants of Moonbloom

The Tenants of Moonbloom

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Norman Moonbloom is a loser, a drop-out who can't even make it as a deadbeat. His brother, a slumlord, hires him to collect rent in the buildings he owns in Manhattan. Making his rounds from apartment to apartment, Moonbloom confronts a wildly varied assortment of brilliantly described urban characters, among them a gay jazz musician with a sideline as a gigolo, a Holocaust survivor, and a brilliant young black writer modeled on James Baldwin. Moonbloom hears their cries of outrage and abuse; he learns about their secret sorrows and desires. And as he grows familiar with their stories, he finds that he is drawn, in spite of his best judgment, into a desperate attempt to improve their lives. Edward Lewis Wallant's astonishing comic tour de force is a neglected masterpiece of 1960s America.

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 16mm | 258.55g
  • The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • NYRB Classics
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1590170709
  • 9781590170700
  • 184,839

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"These final pages...must be considered as among the most joyfully uplifting, the most ennobling of any penned by a serious talent ... a master in rendering the human voice."

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About Edward Lewis Wallant

Edward Lewis Wallant (1926-1962) won critical acclaim for his novels "The Human Season" and "The Pawnbroker," which was made into the first American film to portray the inside of the Nazi death camps. After Wallant's untimely death, an annual award was created in his name to honor an outstanding work of fiction that "has significance for the American Jew." Dave Eggers is the editor of "McSweeney's" and the author of three books: "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; "You Shall Know Our Velocity," a novel; and "Visitants," a collection of short stories. He lives in California.

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