Vincent Nolan, a young neo-Nazi, walks into the Manhattan office of World Brotherhood Watch, a human rights foundation headed by a charismatic Holocaust survivor, Meyer Maslow. Vincent announces that he wants to make a radical change in his life. But what is Maslow to make of this rough-looking stranger who says that his mission is to save guys like him from becoming guys like him?
As he gradually changes, Vincent also transforms those around him; including Maslow; Bonnie Kalen, a devoted believer in Maslow's crusade against intolerance and injustice; and her teenage son, Danny.
Masterfully plotted, darkly comic, A Changed Man illuminates the everyday transactions in our lives, exposing what remains invisible in plain sight. Remarkable for the author's tender sympathy for her characters, A Changed Man poses the essential questions: What constitutes a life worth living? Is it possible to change? The fearless intelligence, wit, and humanity that inform this novel make it Francine Prose's most accomplished yet.
Performed by Eric Conger
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Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director's Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her most recent book is Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932. She lives in New York City.
Eric Conger's stage credits include appearances Off-Broadway and at the Long Wharf Theater. He has appeared as a regular on Another World and Loving, and has translated the works of Feydeau.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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