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Two college students and lifelong friends are vacationing in Greece in the 1980s. This is just one in a string of adventures for sexy, confident Nix, but for Mary it’s a radical departure from the sheltered life overseen by her adoptive parents to keep her cystic fibrosis in check. Three years later, Mary is in London, grieving for Nix, whose fate remains a mystery for much of the novel. Mary lives on the edge, exacerbating her chronic illness, which Frangello (Slut Lullabies, 2010) depicts with unnervingly clinical specificity. She falls in love with a South African gymnast, and they travel the world. Frangello describes each setting with elegiac intensity, assembles a six-degrees-of-separation cast of characters lanced by secrets and pain, and embroiders a suspenseful, melodramatic, wildly excessive plot of interconnectivity, embodying Mary’s desperate attempt to fill her numbered days to the brim. In this bravura performance, a quantum creative leap, contrivances and all, Frangello astutely dissects the quandaries of female sexuality, adoption, terminal illness, and compound heartbreak in a torrent of tough-minded observations, audacious candor, and storytelling moxie. --Donna Seaman

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A Life in Men is a terrific book, a tender story of friendship, and a frank story of a young woman's adventures with an assortment of oddly funny, violent, and quirky men. It's intense and beautifully written.” ―Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

“Original and fearless . . . A powerful portrait of human connection and individual triumph.” ―People, 3.5 stars out of 4

“Ambitious, heartfelt." ―Nylon

“A beautifully written, fiercely intelligent, and psychologically nuanced portrayal of a friendship cut tragically short, the delicate balance of fate and choice, and the many varieties of love and family that create meaning . . . A Life in Men is a sort of joyous call to action. It will make you look more carefully at the time you have left.” ―The Oregonian

“Frangello’s powerful novel is ambitious, relentless, and entirely unsentimental . . . A work of art.” ―The Boston Globe

“Frangello writes with a clarity into the human condition that allows her to lay bare the countless ways our lives are connected, between us and other people, but more importantly between ourselves and who we were and who we’re becoming . . . The book’s heartbreaking conclusion will leave you feeling you’ve been on the journey with these characters, and all the better for it.” ―The Kansas City Star

“Frangello writes with epic ferocity. She inhabits many countries brilliantly, many characters seamlessly, and a carousel of points of view . . . It takes courage to write a book like this.” ―Chicago Tribune, Printers Row

“A joyful, ambitious novel that is also an adventure traversing three continents, a meditation on love, sex, and, most important, friendship, which can overcome time, distance, and even death.” ―Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River

“A stunning novel--Frangello’s broken characters live in a world of terror and redemption, of magnificent sadness and beauty.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“In this bravura performance, a quantum creative leap . . . Frangello astutely dissects the quandaries of female sexuality, adoption, terminal illness, and compound heartbreak in a torrent of tough-minded observations, audacious candor, and storytelling moxie.” ―Booklist

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616201630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616201630
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A LIFE IN MEN has affected me in a way that I have not experienced in many years and over the course of many books. This is a stunning tribute to friendship, to living an authentic life and to love. I was just weeping on the bus as I finished as it struck a chord in me which continues to resonate as I type this.
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Sexy, heartbreaking, brave, masterful. I read Gina Frangello's A LIFE IN MEN in one fell swoop and can't wait to give it to my friends. This one will stay with me... there are scenes here -- several -- that just took my breath away.
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I know this book has quite a bit of mixed reviews. Going into it, I wasn't sure I would like it, but it did sound interesting.

From the very start I wasn't too wild about the book, to be honest. I found it confusing, and just had a dirty feel to it. Lots of talk of sex, drugs, and foul language. I almost quit reading. For some reason I kept going though, and ended up glad I did.

I don't remember at what point the book really started to click for me, but once I finally got to that point, I didn't want to put the book down. The bouncing back and forth to different times in Mary & Nix's lives stopped being confusing to me and really added to the story.

I don't know what it's like to be Mary -- knowing you aren't going to live a long life. However, I really didn't agree with a lot of the things she did and things she thought. I felt bad for Geoff towards the end of the book. Even though I felt bad for him, I ended up feeling for Kenneth as well. It's complicated -- as it was for her too.

This author writes in a way that seems very real yet smooth. I very much enjoyed the WAY she wrote, even when I didn't like WHAT she wrote.

If I could rate this 3 1/2 stars I think I would -- just because the beginning was hard to get into and at times things seemed really drawn out. (It's 402 pages with fairly small type -- lots of lines per page so I felt like it took a long time to read. I feel like a few parts could have been shortened or even left out). I'm bumping it up to 4 though since Amazon doesn't do half stars, and I think it's more deserving than just 3.
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For the well traveled, this book just doesn't cut it. The book started off rather interesting, but as previous reviewers have mentioned, it's just too long, hence ultimately becoming a tedious chore rather than an enjoyable book. Also, I found the character to be extremely annoying the further I got into the book. She doesn't seem to mature or grow wiser as she ages (starting at 20 years old and into her mid-thirties). Also, as someone who is supposedly well traveled, she comes off as just another stereotypical stupid American abroad. For example, an excerpt taken from the book, when talking about Morocco: "It's Africa. In Nigeria, women get stoned for adultery, don't they?" I wanted to stop reading at that point, but as I was 4/5s through, I forced myself to finish this monster of a book.
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Takes you on a world-wide, soul-searching journey which will leave you inspired, exhilarated and saddened to have to part from the characters. Really an excellent read.
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Amazing read! Gina Frangello's style is quite unique. She weaves a story that also takes the reader on a journey!
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Mary and Nix are the typical opposites-attract, childhood best friends - Mary is a sensible, sweet, loyal; Nix has a wandering spirit with a hunger for the unknown, may it be small town Ohio Friday night or a trek across the Atlantic, nothing is too small for her to make it an adventure. When Mary is diagnosed with an ultimately terminal illness at 17, neither of them can foresee the effect it will have the worldviews of them both, and how these changes will manifest themselves and shape each of their entire futures. When Nix convinces Mary to join her on a summer trip to the Greek Isles, meant to bring them closer together and show Mary a world that neither of them believes she will have much time to see, unthinkable events transpire that drive a wedge between them. They part at the end of their trip, Mary back to college and medical treatments in Ohio, Nix to her study abroad in London, not knowing it will be last time they ever see each other.
Flying on the tails of her lost friend, Mary embarks on her own journey to London, seeking things she does not yet know, and for a time even becoming her friend – assuming her name, and living vicariously through how she thinks Nix would have done. Mary’s journey beyond a boarding house in London takes her throughout the world and all walks of life, from rural New England to the wilds of Africa and beyond, and through the series of men who come in and out of her life and help shape not only her path but both who she is and who she thinks she is.
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A refreshing, intense story written with great style and flair. The author is able to take you to so many different locations and relationships you feel you need a rest after reading. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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