Singer

Singer

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Against the backdrop of the Singer Sewing Company, a novel of phobias, obsessions, a string of motel fires, and a troubled friendship In the early 1980s,Milton Menger, a wealthy art dealer living in New Jersey, is called by an estranged friend, Charles Trembleman, with whom he's had no contact in years. Charley is a traveling salesman for the Singer Sewing Company and his hands have just been badly burned in a motel fire near Memphis.He needs a driver so he can continue traveling and selling.Milty rises to the occasion.Together they embark on a journey across the South, visiting showrooms and staying in locally owned motels. Is it a coincidence that these motels keep going up in flames?
With a DeLillo-like nostalgia for Americana, combined with the dark humor of a Coen brothers film, Ira Sher's storytelling draws the reader in like a moth to the flame.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 319 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0151014132
  • 9780151014132
  • 2,136,493

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PRAISE FOR"SINGER"""Singer"is smart, heartfelt, and wholly original."--Nick Flynn, author of"Another Bullshit Night in Suck City"""""
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"A mordantly funny journey into the dark heart of America. The two heroes that lead us on this odyssey travel side-by-side, eying each other, trying to get back to a moment when they could remember what it was to be human. Ira Sher is a superb writer, and "Singer" is smart, heartfelt, and wholly original.."--Nick Flynn, author of "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City""An extraordinary and uncanny novel, the kind of gothic tale that lingers long after you've put the book down. Sher is a writer of alchemical abilities."--Kelly Link, author of "Pretty Monsters""Imagine Arthur Miller, Paul Auster, Patricia Highsmith, and Herman Melville taking a road trip together through the south. If those luminaries collaboratively composed a book about friendship and loss during stops in aging motels, dive bars, and assorted tourist traps, they might have written a piece of fiction as glorious as Ira Sher's moving new novel. From its first line to its last, "Singer "thrums with deeply American music--haunting, enchanting, and full of beauty."--Ed Schwarzschild, author of "The Family Diamond""Ira Sher has pulled off a real feat--"Singer "is both a transfixing rumination on the pitfalls of nostalgia and an elegiac novel about the bygone. It's also a disquietingly funny road trip to the heart of a uniquely American darkness--if DeLillo and Nabokov were to compare field notes from the comfort of a shared cabin at the Bates Motel, the triumphant result might look a lot like "Singer.""--Christopher Sorrentino, author of "Trance"
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In the early 1980s, Milton Menger, a wealthy art dealer living in New Jersey, is called by an estranged friend, Charles Trembleman, with whom he's had no contact in years. Charley is a traveling salesman for the Singer Sewing Company whose hands have just been badly burned in a motel fire near Memphis. He needs a driver so he can continue traveling and selling, and Milty rises to the occasion. Together they embark on a strange journey across the South, visiting showrooms and staying in locally owned motels. Is it a coincidence that these motels keep going up in flames?
With acute nostalgia for Americana and gothic humor, this novel of phobias, obsessions and a troubled friendship will draw you in like a moth to the flame.
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21 ratings
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4 24% (5)
3 43% (9)
2 24% (5)
1 10% (2)
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