The Extra Man

The Extra Man

A Novel

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010, c1998
ISBN: 9781439196496
Branch Call Number: AMES
Characteristics: xii, 366 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Aug 27, 2015

Highly recommended read if you enjoy the quirky and entertaining with plenty of laugh out loud passages. The two main protaganists come together through sharing an apartment in NYC of the late 90's. They form a generational gap wacky relationship through living and learning the others foibles. The younger Louis"s sexual ambiguity and insecurities are poignant and constitute a coming out story. Really liked the narration style, hopefully the library will be including more of Jonathan Ames's fiction on the shelves.

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