By Robert Cohen
Acclaimed, award-winning novelist Robert Cohen can provide a daring, provocative exploration of the panic of midlife, stick with- ing males plateaued on both sides in their forties and the unforeseen results of fixing course.
Teddy Hastings is a brand new England heart tuition vital determined for transcendence. Unmoored via his brother’s dying and a well-being scare of his personal, he attempts to develop his traditional lifestyles and lands up unemployed and at the fallacious facet of the legislation. in the meantime, Oren Pierce, a according to- petual grad pupil from ny, abandons, just a little to his personal shock, his look for the extreme and starts off settling into the common-or-garden life that Teddy seeks to flee. What comforts Oren alarms Teddy, and their paths overlap as Teddy’s quest for the unknown and surprising adventure takes him on a rash journey to Africa, leaving Oren to imagine the trimmings of his existence, together with Teddy’s spouse Gail.
Amateur Barbarians showcases a author on the height of hispowers, tracing household ambivalence, the comedian perils of introspection and hope, and the fear of an unlived existence with Cohen’s signature wit and uncanny conception, proving once more why he used to be touted by means of The ny occasions ebook Review because the “heir to Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.”
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Amateur Barbarians: A Novel by Robert Cohen