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A Friend of Kissinger: A Novel - Library of American Fiction (Hardback)
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A Friend of Kissinger: A Novel - Library of American Fiction (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 31/03/2003
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In this lively coming-of-age novel, young Danny Meyer lays bare a landscape of illness and despair but emerges triumphant, with a new awareness of the limitations of security and the lessons of eternity. Danny's bubble-like existence in paradisal Madison is broken when his father, a concert pianist and professor, is stricken with illness and must give up his professorship. The family is forced to move to Milwaukee to live at the brink of poverty while his father gets sicker, his artistic mother struggles as bread-winner, and his brother becomes delusional. Here, Danny finds himself in the uncertain position of having to accept the responsibilities of manhood while still struggling with adolescence. In a world that keeps shifting, Danny befriends the son of a gangster and, through his brushes with that compelling world of crime, finds his way to a new confidence. Realistically portrayed, A Friend of Kissinger captures an authentic sense of place that is one part arty, heartland Main Street and one part shady, small-time gangsterland.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299185206
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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"David Milofsky's latest is a rousing Vanity Fair of a novel, turning real life Milwaukee into a vibrant mosaic of American life with its hustlers and gangsters, its chess champions and lusty housemaids, its next door neighbors who went to grade school in Germany with Henry Kissinger. The young narrator is wide-eyed but cool, sympathetic but unsparing, and he tells this story with verve and wit and real insight. A first-rate piece of authentic Americana."
"This story of the year in the life of a boy, in his emergence, his realization of himself, reminds you of the old classic novels... David Milofsky's A Friend of Kissinger is a triumph of narrative tone, and the book shines with intelligence."
"A lyrical, melancholy, nostalgic, and lightly pensive rendition of a boy's coming of age."

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