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Father's Day

Galanes, Philip

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ISBN 10: 1400041600 / ISBN 13: 9781400041602
Published by Knopf, 2004
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Title: Father's Day

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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Matthew Vaber’s life has just taken a turn for the worse. His father has killed himself—a tragedy for which he feels bitterly responsible, when he lets himself feel much of anything about it at all—and his thrilling but damaged mother has taken center stage yet again. Into this cocktail of familial mayhem, Matthew tosses a bubbling new ingredient: the Pump Line, New York’s tawdriest phone sex service, where men appear and disappear with the push of a button.

On the Pump Line, Matthew accomplishes precisely what he can’t manage in life, enacting dramas of desire and connection without the burden of any real connection at all and, in the neatest of psychological tricks, manages to feel both unworthy of and uninterested in these telephonic men at the very same time. Father’s Day tracks Matthew’s progress over an extraordinary year of pratfalls and sex and mourning and, quite unexpectedly, something that looks disconcertingly like true love.

Philip Galanes has written a superb comic novel that is, at heart, the story of a son coming to terms with the loss of his father, and a sly and at times exquisitely tender exploration of grief, loneliness, and the depth of childhood shame. In Matthew—wildly antic yet urbane and cannily conspiratorial—Galanes has created one of the freshest and funniest characters to emerge in years, a young man coming to grips with his own vulnerability and pureness of heart through a deliciously funny descent into a cockeyed fantasy of self-annihilation. Father’s Day introduces us to a brilliant new writer of immense talent and charm.

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At the age of thirty-five, Matthew Vaber's life is so messy it can only be at a turning point. In one direction is the neon glare of his father's recent suicide, and in the other is the tough love of his fluorescent mother. He'd love to find love, but he can't make it twenty minutes into a first date without spotting that fatal flaw. In spite of Matthew's better intentions, he always finds himself back at the same old place: 555-PUMP, "New York's only phone line for men who are serious about their bodies!" Eventually, even Matthew realizes the long odds of making a love connection on a sex line, but then the pound sign connects him to Henry. Much to his dismay, Matthew can't find a single problem with him. In fact, Henry may be just the one to lead Matthew past his recent tragedies and childhood traumas. If Matthew lets himself follow, that is. Philip Galanes's dynamic wit and idiosyncratic charm make Father's Day" a compassionate, heart-melting story and a delightful debut.

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