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Synopsis: "I love being in love. I'm so in love, I'm so in love. Sometimes I don't even know what I'm in love with. I'm in love with the love drug. You walk into a supermarket or a restaurant, your girlfriend goes in first and you're looking at her ass. And you say to yourself, 'Isn't that the most beautiful ass? That's mine. It's beautiful.' Like it's going to save you. An ass isn't going to save you. What's it going to do? Hide you from the police? Call up your boss when you don't feel well?"
Like a performance artist in print, Matthew Klam stands up here and delivers hilarious, shocking, high-energy riffs on the theme of modern love and all its complexities. One by one, these stories amuse, enlighten, and entertain. As a group, they mark the full emergence of one of America's foremost young literary talents.
In the immediately engrossing title story, Samuel Beardson falls in love with a young woman across a crowded room who, upon closer inspection, turns out to be a bird-boned, longhaired, slim fellow named John Drake. In a single moment, "Sam the Cat" enters a sexual twilight zone, and a young man's cocksure, womanizing lifestyle unravels: "There I am, horned out and at the same time queasy with the weirdness of it."
In "The Royal Palms," Klam's overworked, newly monied hero walks out of a Caribbean resort casino with a pile of cash stuffed into his T-shirt. Beside him stands his wife, Diane, furious at herself for the cellulite that's recently appeared on her thighs. Their marriage is at a sexual standstill. Then the sound of an old jeep spooks them, and the next moment they are running for their lives.
Having fallen in love with his girlfriend Phylida's beautiful behind, the narrator of "Issues I Dealt With in Therapy" has flown to a Nantucket-like island with her for a wedding. He's been asked to toast the groom, once a well-intentioned civil rights lawyer who's grown into a sweating "Gore-guy," a self-absorbed power pol, a hot, young, curry-barfing bulimic on his way to the White House. Phylida, meanwhile, is a sleepless, hypochondriacal medical resident. Among this cast of frank and foolish characters, we're left to wonder if we have any control over whom we love.
Matthew Klam is an O. Henry Award winner, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and his generation's most on-key singer of the boy-girl blues. The stories in Sam the Cat crackle with humor, intelligence, and style and add up to an outrageous, entirely original, and unforgettable debut.
"I loved Sam the Cat. What a great collection. The stories are brilliantly constructed. They make me laugh. Très slanky."
--Alice Elliott Dark
Review: Matthew Klam's male narrators in Sam the Cat hate and need women in equal measure. By and large they're not physically violent men, but they do possess a certain free-floating aggression--the byproduct of sad childhoods, dads who treated them like losers, and moms who weren't quite all there. Indeed, throughout this troubling, masterfully written collection of stories, women never seem truly present, however central they may be. As the typically indiscriminate narrator of "Not This" explains, his girlfriend "fit my idea of the supreme woman. Why? Who gives a shit. We fell in love."
In the title story, which catapulted the author into the spotlight when it ran in The New Yorker, a guy goes out looking to get laid, then finds himself hitting on a man in drag. Other potential mates turn out to be only nominally less ersatz, with eyes "like a plastic doll's." Klam's men know that they're supposed to locate love somewhere among these zombies, but they can't find it, and this fills them with irritation and angry longing. Cumulatively, his stories paint a grim picture indeed: one of a bitter, stifled heterosexuality, leading straight to violence or to varying degrees of lifelessness. His taut, spooky prose recalls another connoisseur of erotic disappointment, Lorrie Moore. But where Moore is partial to neurotic women, Klam's subject is the guy who wishes he could transcend himself and be redeemed from the small and angry America in which he's stuck. --Emily White
Title: Sam the Cat and Other Stories (Signed First ...
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: New
Edition: 1st Edition....
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Book Description Random House Inc, Westminster, Maryland, U. S. A., 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Second Printing. Like a performance artist, Matthew Klam stands up here and delivers hilarious, shocking, high-energy riffs on the theme of modern love and all its complexities. One by one, these stories amuse, enlighten, and entertain. In the immediately engrossing title story, Samuel Beardson falls in love with a young woman across a crowded room, who, upon closer inspection, turns out to be a bird-boned, longharied, slim fellow named John Drake. In a single moment, "Sam the Cat" enters a sexual twilight zone, and a young man's cocksure, womanizing lifestyle unravels: "There I am, horned out and at the same time queasy with the weirdness of it. " The stories in this collection crackle with humor, intelligence, and style; they add up to an outrageous, entirely original, and unforgettable debut. 243 pages. 8vo - over 7Â¾" - 9Â¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001353
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Book Description Random House, New York, 2000. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine+. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine+. First Edition/First Printing. Crisp and unread; small red remainder dot bottom edge. Bookseller Inventory # 36447
Book Description Random House, New York, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Author inscribed on the half-title page: " Kate - I was a dorky coin collector when I was a kid, and I loved it! Thanks, Matt". The dust jacket has a small chip on the bottom edge of the back panel. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 003625
Book Description Random House. Book Condition: Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (including dust cover, if applicable). The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include "From the library of" labels or limited small stickers. Book may have a remainder mark or be a price cutter. Bookseller Inventory # E-01-04-09-0381
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Book Description Random House, New York, New York, 2000. Hard Cover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition, 1st Printing. Unread. Very Fine. Author's first book. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 03916