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Lefcourt, Peter.

ISBN 10: 0684870347 / ISBN 13: 9780684870342
Published by New York: Simon & Schuster, (2003.) dj, 2003
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A coming of age story by this prize winning film and television writer - one which tells of a man's romantic involvement with eleven different women named Karen, and what they taught him not only about women, but also about himself. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "To. who has good taste in television programs, best" 223 pp. Fine in a very near fine dust jacket (crease to front flap of dj). Bookseller Inventory # 35002

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Publisher: New York: Simon & Schuster, (2003.) dj

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Not since Flaubert's L'Úducation sentimentale has a novel so vividly described man's helplessness in the face of woman. In this tale of sexual education, the narrator recounts his experiences with eleven fascinating women -- all of whom happen to be named Karen. In an attempt to explain this statistical anomaly, he takes us on a journey that begins in the fifth grade when he is the groom at his own shotgun wedding. He survives this ritual sacrifice to go on to his other Karens: a high school cheerleader who teaches him how to run the bases, a young disciple of Margaret Mead whom he meets playing volleyball in a nudist camp in Pennsylvania, a lovely Italian woman with Monica Vitti eyes who steals his heart on the Via Appia Antica in Rome, a statuesque African capitalist who literally takes the shirt off his back in Togo, a sexually confused waitress who appropriates his sperm in Quebec, and a boozy southern actress in L.A. who can't decide whether she is Vivien Leigh or Joan Collins. From each of his Karens he learns about women and life. And as he gets older, though not necessarily wiser, he marches on intrepidly to confront the next Karen who inexorably crosses his path. Eleven Karens is both a coming-of-age story and a touching homage to women -- a funny and tender tale told in the delightfully cracked voice of one of the most unusual comic novelists writing today.

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Peter Lefcourt was born in New York City and currently lives in Los Angeles. An award-winning writer and producer for movies and television, he is the author of five previous novels, including The Dreyfus Affair, Di and I, and The Woody.

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