What is charismatic Holocaust survivor Meyer Maslow to think when a rough-looking young neo-Nazi named Vincent Nolan walks into the Manhattan office of Maslow's human rights foundation and declares that he wants to "save guys like me from becoming guys like me"? As Vincent gradually turns into the sort of person who might actually be able to do this, he also transforms those around him: Meyer Maslow, who fears heroism has become a desk job; the foundation's dedicated fund-raiser, Bonnie Kalen, an appealingly vulnerable divorced single mother; and even Bonnie's teenage son.
Francine Prose's A Changed Man is a darkly comic and masterfully inventive novel that poses essential questions about human nature, morality, and the capacity for personal reinvention.
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Francine Prose is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen novels, including the National Book Award Finalist Blue Angel and My New American Life. She has written three other novels for young adults: After, winner of the California Young Reader Medal, an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Bullyville, a PW Best Book and Book Sense Children's Pick; and her most recent, Touch. She is also the author of two picture books, Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig and Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Francine Prose was Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.From AudioFile:
Can Vincent Nolan, a former neo-Nazi skinhead, complete with death's head tattoos, just saunter into the office of a famous human rights organization, profess a change of heart to its director, Holocaust survivor Meyer Maslow, and turn his life around? Just like that! Well, yes, but it isn't that easy, and the discoveries that follow change everyone. Reader Eric Conger deftly presents Prose's interior monologues, which allow us to both listen to each character's dialogue and, at the same time, eavesdrop upon his or her thoughts. By expertly voicing each character, and following this with a slight tonal shift for the accompanying interior commentary, like asides in a play, Conger draws the listener seamlessly into Prose's subtle humor and her sometimes scathing satire. P.E.F. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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