15.38 Esther Cohen Book Doctor: A Novel

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Book Doctor: A Novel

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Arlette Rosen earns her living helping strangers with their book ideas - she believes she knows a good book from a bad one, and believes that all writers should aim to be a Joyce or a Proust. But when Harbinger Singh enters her life needing help with his writing, both their lives are altered forever.

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Esther Cohen is the author of the novel No Charge for Looking. She is the Executive Director of Bread and Roses, the cultural arm of New York's Health and Human Service Union, 1199/SEIU. She lives with her husband in New York City.

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A nutty Queens tax lawyer-cum-fledging author puts himself in the hands of an emotionally conflicted book doctor in this talky, wistful novel by Cohen (No Charge for Looking). For Harbinger Singh, still in love with his ex-wife, Carla, writing a novel about his recent divorce is delicious revenge. For Arlette Rosen, ensconced in a chilly three-year relationship, doctoring other people's stories is a welcome distraction. Arlette's boyfriend, Jake, is "in film," wears only black and prefers to observe life rather than get too involved with it. Harbinger, in contrast, is playful, childlike and passionate. As Arlette tries to shape his unwieldy, sexy, autobiographical material into readable form, she finds herself being sucked into his novel as a fictional persona. At the same time, she recognizes that she wants to be in love with Jake, not merely find him adequate. Harbinger, too, is transformed by his work with Arlette, and Carla is shocked to discover that he is no longer the "dull, brown-suited fool [she] married and divorced." Cohen's novel is a gentle treatment of fragile relationships, humorously punctuated by the weird queries Arlette receives from struggling writers ("Dear Arlette, I'm writing to ask you for inspiration. Is it possible to send?"). Fluent, funny and true, it will particularly appeal to writers and those who must suffer them.
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