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HERO.

Dillen, Frederick G.

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ISBN 10: 1883642191 / ISBN 13: 9781883642198
Published by South Royalton, Steerforth Press, 1994., 1994
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Title: HERO.

Publisher: South Royalton, Steerforth Press, 1994.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

Book Type: Book

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Surrounded by an insolent kitchen crew, hard-nosed bosses, and demanding diners, a lonely loser, sarcastically nicknamed "hero," works as a waiter in an urban restaurant--until the time comes for him to live up to his name. IP.

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Hero, as his co-workers call him, is an aging, lonely, down-and-out waiter in a Manhattan steakhouse, a recovered alcoholic haunted by his past, by the family that walked out on him 25 years ago and by the son who killed himself taking drugs. In a workplace atmosphere charged with bathroom humor, ethnic banter and backstabbing, Hero pushes away Molly, an elderly woman customer who befriends him, but he ultimately lives up to his nickname by facing down the alcoholic boss who attempts to use him to suppress a kitchen-staff protest over unhygienic conditions. Dillen, who has worked as a waiter from N.Y.C. to San Francisco, clearly knows his turf, and his first novel is intermittently funny and touching. But the dialogue, despite its authenticity, is often trite; the plot is predictable and the multicultural cast of underdeveloped characters (including a sprinkling of gay waiters) seem more like ethnic and sexual stereotypes than three-dimensional people. The novel has a certain louche appeal, however, and Samuel Goldwyn has optioned Dillen's screenplay.
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