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Despite his vast wealth, bachelor status, his own magazine Swagbelly, and the company of a succession of gorgeous models, Elliot Grubman finds happiness eluding him as his wife leaves him for her rock-climbing instructor, his son decides to convert to Catholicism, his girlfriend may be pregnant, and he has been tormented by impotence. Original.
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DJ Levien is a novelist, film director, and scriptwriter. Levien's first feature film, Rounders, starred Matt Damon. His most recent film, Knockaround Guys, stars John Malkovich and Vin Diesel. He has written for Details, Esquire, and Premiere magazines.From Publishers Weekly:
Screenwriter/director Levien's first novel, Wormwood, minedHollywood's film community for laughs, love and lampooning. In this sleek new satire, he trains his lens on Elliot Grubman, a fabulouslywealthy New York Jewish pornographer whose high-flying, brand-namelifestyle has begun to unravel. Grubman owns both Swagbelly a men'smagazine whose quality hovers well below Playboy but above the crudestskin fare and a thriving, cash-gushing sex-talk phone empire. Moneyaside, Grubman has a fistful of personal problems: he's unhappilydivorced; his 13-year-old son has decided to skip his bar mitzvah andconvert to Catholicism; his possibly underage girlfriend may bepregnant; and he's having serious performance problems in bed to saynothing of a bum ticker that threatens to send him into infarction atany stressful moment. But Elliot soldiers on, attempting to win backthe hearts and minds of his son and his ex-wife by throwing bundles ofmoney at both of them, learning to play polo and attempting sex withthe many porn stars who model for his magazine. Elliot tries to enjoythe good life, complete with brand-new socks every morning,custom-made suits, a fleet of exotic automobiles and a leased jet, butsomehow all that plus $100 million and a legion of willing pneumaticwomen just isn't enough. Although desperate and often selfish, he's anengaging character and readers will root for him and wish himsuccess. But the sudden ending has a rushed, tacked-on feel, a majorplot thread is left hanging and the whole thing comes to a hopefulconclusion far too easily. It's fun, but a bit more work would havemade it better.
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