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|"A storyteller of refreshing inventiveness and subtlety" "(San Francisco Chronicle), " Jonathan Ames has won critical raves for this delightful "comedy of impeccable manners with a debauched '90s spin" "(Elle)." Meet Louis Ives: well-groomed, romantic, and as captivating as an F. Scott Fitzgerald hero. Only this hero has a penchant for ladies clothes, and he's lost his teaching post at Princeton's Pretty Brook Day School after an unfortunate incident involving a colleague's brassiere. Meet Henry Harrison: former actor, failed but brilliant playwright, and a well-seasoned escort for New York City's women of means. He dances alone to Ethel Merman records, second-acts operas, and performs his scrappy life with the dignity befitting a self-styled man of the world. What can this ageless Don Quixote of the Upper East Side have to offer a young gentleman such as Louis? What, indeed. Well, the answer lies somewhere between the needs of an irascible mentor and the education of his eager apprentice...between cocktails on the Upper East Side and an even more intoxicating treat along the secret fringes of Times Square...and between friendship and longing.|
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|Table of Content||Contents Chapter IThe BrassiereThere's to Be No FornicationThe Young GentlemanChapter IIArrivalThe Next EventThe OperaThe Extra ManOtto Bellman and His Gang of Swiss YodelersChapter IIII Felt Connected to Women All Over AmericaPorky Pig Fell Off a CliffAn International Agreement on the Virtues of ChastityThe Recession SpankologistHot for Cockroach, Cold for LeadAre You Jewish?One of the Greatest Hoaxes of All TimeChapter IVWe All Wanted to Be That Femme FataleI Met Someone JewishAmericans Are Too Concerned with AthleticsDeep in QueensChapter VThe Jewish Duke of WindsorWere There Animals?This Is Only a Tape RecordingThe Queen Has Fifty RoomsChapter VIFour Gap-Toothed Dairy MaidensFort SchuylerBreasts, PleaseCut Off Your Hair Like SalomeYou'll Get an Erection and Then What Will I Do?You've Brought So Much Toilet Paper into My LifeChapter VIIFleas, Cars, and FloridaThe Whole City Has FleasHe Saw a Piece of Cheese and Made Havoc with ItChapter VIIIStraightishMy Analyst, Gershon GruenI Felt Something Under My RearAre You Having BMs?The Essential ManChapter IXWhatever Happened to Danny Kaye?The Men Are Still in Charge Down ThereChapter XShe Wanted MePeople Are Dying, New Ones Are Coming UpOtto Bellman Collects His MailBrassiere RevisitedDeep in Bay RidgeAll the Queens Were DeadChapter XII Was Like Don Quixote and Sancho PanzaThat's All I Have to Say About AmericaThe Life of a FugitiveI Was Like Lady MacbethThat's Very Good Cheese He's EatingLagerfeld Is Back InA Tie Is DippedChapter XIIIt's Your Fellow Old People Who Tear You DownDaphne Wants to Drink Cough Medicine and Smoke CigarettesThank You, Dear BoyLife Rushes ByYou Look Practically Middle ClassA Girl as I Must Have First Imagined GirlsRussia|
|Number of Pages||384 Pages|
|Reviews||The New York Times Ames makes it clear that his protagonist's sexual tentativeness and anxiety are really just flimsy covers for his passion and warmth. That's what makes The Extra Man work so well. Louis may feel as awkward as Milton Berle in drag, but inside he's really Fred Astaire -- he just doesn't know it yet., Booklist (Starred Review) a Sort Ofodd Couplefor the Next Millennium., Jeffrey Eugenidesauthor ofThe Virgin SuicidesNot sinceHarold and Maudehas there been such a lovable odd couple as Louis Ives and Henry Harrison. Told in a lucid, diverting prose style,The Extra Manis a picaresque tale of a young man's sentimental education (in subjects ranging from tuxedo studs to transsexuals). In Henry Harrison, Jonathan Ames has created a truly memorable character., The New York Times Book Review A sure-footed exploration of sexual confusion and a loopily elegant, surprisingly moving urban comedy of manners., Martha McPhee author of Bright Angel Time Wonderfully odd and charming, at times riotously funny, Jonathan Ames' The Extra Man strikes a perfect balance between sympathy and comedy, drawing upon deep reserves of compassion for the strange and unnamable urges that infiltrate the lives of his two remarkable characters. What distinguishes this from other comic novels is that rarest of gifts -- generosity -- which delivers to the reader an uncommon and lasting share of dignity and grace., The Village Voice The Louis and Henry show is honest, funny, and original, making the meaning of "human" deep and strange in the best way., Peter Cameronauthor ofAndorraThe Extra Manis effervescently funny and stealthily heartbreaking. It's also an extraordinarily humane book that only Jonathan Ames could have written, and I can think of few other novels that, scene by scene, character by character, phrase by phrase, offer such intense, affecting pleasure. Louis Ives now joins the pantheon of my most beloved narrators., Francine Prose The New York Observer Ames has the one thing Fitzgerald lacked: a sense of humor... The Extra Man wins us over with its sheer energy and good will, its confidence in the ability of its own humor and intelligence to widen our ideas about the possibilities of love, and about the permissible range of inner and outer lives to which today's young gentleman may properly aspire., The Washington Post By updating the moral education of a young gentleman, Ames has written a Bildungsroman for the end of our century., J.D. Landis author of Lying in Bed The Extra Man is an Odd Couple for the sweetly naive and the cautiously dissolute. Is there anyone alive who fuses innocence and depravity with as much charm and conversance as Jonathan Ames? Here is a confection to be devoured on the loneliest of nights., Booklist (Starred Review) a Miracle....This Novel Is Not to Be Missed., Rick Moodyauthor ofPurple AmericaJonathan Ames has always been one of my favorite contemporary writers, both for his limpid and elegant Lost Generation prose style and for his utterly fearless commitment to the most demanding psychosexual comedies.The Extra Manextends his accomplishments considerably. This is one of the most charming and alarming books of recent years.|
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