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Bruce Ferber is an Emmy-nominated writer, and his talent shines in his first novel. Elevating Overman is a brilliantly written novel with a cast of full-bodied characters that are so ridiculous, they come across as truly authentic.
                                                         -- San Francisco Book Review

...Frailty abounds in this searing examination of our lesser selves. With hints of Philip Roth, the cultural byplay will bring out the self-hatred in us all - and turn it on its head. Elevating Overman deserves a place in the Jewish-American canon.
                                        --Roy Teicher, former Tonight Show writer, LA Times columnist.

Ira Overman knew his world was narrow and petty, but after a dramatic Lasik surgery, he sensed "it was about to become narrow and petty in bold new ways." It's well worth going along with him for the ride.  Elevating Overman is funny, sad, and very, very engaging.
 -- Charlie Hauck, author, Artistic Differences.

"If Woody Allen, SJ Perelman, and Philip Roth had a son...that son and his three fathers would love this book! A great read! Outrageous, funny, sad, and wildly original!"
                                                    --Billy Van Zandt, TV writer-producer, playwright

"Bruce Ferber has come out of the gate with balls...Loaded with laughs, Elevating Overman makes you read late into the night when you have a court appearance the next morning...funny, sexy, and utterly original."
                                 --Dwight Slade, standup comedian, Winner Boston Comedy Festival

From the Back Cover

Elevating Overman is about a middle-aged Jewish guy who gets a second chance in life.  It is what he does with this second chance that "elevates" Overman.  Now unlike Ira Overman, I am a Gentile.  But like Ira Overman, I was given the gift of a second chance and elevate me, it did!  My second chance in life gave me the opportunity to befriend the author.  Bruce Ferber was our head writer on Home Improvement, and albeit a short man, he is a very clever, insightful and funny fellow indeed.  That alone gives me the confidence to say, "Congratulations, Bruce -- you've done it again."
                                                       --Tim Allen, actor, author and comic
In Elevating Overman, Bruce Ferber has achieved the highly unusual -- a first novel that glows with sharp, but unpredictable insight.  Ira Overman confidently joins a long literary line of middle-aged anti-heroes who have been knocked down and have to learn how to walk all over again.  But before Overman can learn to walk, he must attempt to fly.  And see through women's clothes all the way to their souls.  And travel through time.  Ferber's triumph is that it's funny because it's true.
                                                      --Neal Marlens, creator, The Wonder Years

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcourt Press (May 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985322101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985322106
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,971,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Before publishing his debut novel, ELEVATING OVERMAN, Bruce Ferber built a long and successful career as a television comedy writer and producer. A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, his credits include Bosom Buddies, Growing Pains, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Coach, and Home Improvement, where he served as Executive Producer and showrunner. In addition to being recognized by the Television Academy, Ferber's work has received the People's Choice, Kid's Choice and Environmental Media Awards.

ELEVATING OVERMAN was recently released on audiobook, recorded by Jason Alexander, and is being developed for the big screen. Ferber's second novel, CASCADE FALLS, will be published March 2015 by Rare Bird Books.

He lives in Southern California, with his wife, large dog, and assorted musical instruments.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Candagallo on May 25, 2012
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I bought this after I heard author Bruce Ferber on a radio interview describe this book as a "mid-life awakening" novel. He meant that in the usual mid-life crisis story, the protagonist turns his back on a financially successful or conventional life, and questions the values he has been living by. In "Elevating Overman", Ira Overman has been a loser and a washout for 55 years - divorced, estranged from his kids, a failure at the one entertainment executive position he had. Now, after lasik eye surgery, his life and luck suddenly changes. A hot woman half his age wants to make love to him, weird things like traffic jams suddenly disappear as he enters heavy traffic. A friend, who is into super-hero comic books, is convinced that Overman has become a super-hero, and wants to be his sidekick. It's enormous fun, as Overman confronts how his life is changing,and how he can "use his powers for good". This isn't high concept silliness. There's a lot of depth, and great character exploration. Without ruining the plot, Ferber finds inventive ways to help a woman he wronged in the past, and bring a father and son together. There are plenty of wild-over-the top moments as well, especially when Overman ends up working for a bigger-than-life Texan entrepreneur, who loans money at exorbitant rates to people with bad credit. The Texan's luck begins to change for the better, too, especially when he meets his fourth wife - a porn actress named Juicy Jones, who has a mind-boggling skill. Trust me, Ferber manages to be tasteful while pushing the envelope. I think you'll enjoy the ride, and appreciate this author's ability to portray believable character growth, and honest emotions, in the midst of chaotic and crazy events.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Norm Goldman VINE VOICE on August 21, 2012
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Bruce Ferber's protagonist, Ira Overman in his debut novel elevating Overman could be succinctly described as a "nebbish," which is the Yiddish expression for someone who is dismissed by many as ineffectual, luckless, timid, bumbling and pitifully ineffectual. A character we could associate with Woody Allen or George Costanza of the Seinfeld television series, and incidentally either one would be perfect for the role of Overman, if the novel were ever to be adapted as a movie.

Overman was not always a "nebbish," as he graduated from Columbia University with honors and initially was successfully employed as an entertainment executive for the studios, as well as positions with various management firms and talent agencies. Unfortunately, his talents were no longer needed and he is forced to accept a job as a car salesman with Steinbaum Mercedes of Calabasas, California.-a job he hates. He is also going through a mid-life crisis, and family wise he is divorced while his two children have abandoned him, blaming him for being a terrible father. His ex-wife, who remarried a sleazy doctor, is constantly putting him down. Not a pretty picture.

When Overman discovers a discount coupon in the Pennysaver for Life-Changing Vision Correction, he decides to follow it up and agrees to have Lasik eye surgery. The eye surgery is not only a great success but it also results into something he never imagined-being transformed from a useless individual to someone that now possesses super powers.

The results are immediate when he is able to defeat his obnoxious childhood friend, Jake Rosenfeld on the tennis court-a feat that rarely happened in the past.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 28, 2012
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Ira Overman is a born loser; life is just humdrum; his best friend beats him at tennis; he's has little or no relationship with is kids and life just sucks. He decides to get Lasik surgery and after negotiating a price with the doctor, he finds that he may have superpowers. And the world changes as he tries to make life right.

Starts out slow, and Overman is not really a likeable character. His friend and soon to be sidekick Jake Rosenfarb is certainly not likeable. It is an interesting concept and it is fun to watch how Overman deals with his superpowers and trying to right the wrongs and make life not only for himself but others around him better. I didn't find it hysterical as other readers have.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PAM K on May 22, 2012
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I can't imagine a better way to spend an evening than with my new best friends, the characters in Elevating Overman.
I love Ira Overman - part super-hero, with an extra dash of Jewish guilt and lots and lots of heart.
A story of hope and triumph; every man's journey to discover himself and find peace. A real gem, I can't wait to read the next novel. Adding Bruce Ferber to my list of favorite authors!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patti on December 18, 2012
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Ira Overman is middle-aged and mediocre in every way, until he strikes a bargain with a Lasik surgeon. The result is improved eyesight, plus an unexpected bonus: he seems to have acquired the ability to manipulate traffic and attract beautiful women. As he experiments with his newfound superpowers, he gains a whole new perspective on what he can accomplish, even with just his normal human faculties. He reconnects with his children, and seeks out a woman whose gang rape he unwillingly participated in while in high school. Then things start to get out of hand. His friend Jake goes a little haywire and declares himself Ira's superhero sidekick. Before you know it, Ira has attracted a couple of other groupies, who encourage him to attempt time travel and teleporting, using comic books as his guide. Bruce Ferber is a Hollywood screenwriter, and his book is supposed to be funny. However, I found it too outlandish and crass. I like the metaphor of having one's eyes opened to life's possibilities, but the cartoonish supporting characters range from a porn queen who has a rather unusual talent, to a swami with a taste for exotic automobiles. Plus, a horrific incident like a gang rape, amidst all of this nonsense, just doesn't feel right. This book actually might have worked better as a comic book, with something less scarring as the basis for Ira's guilt.
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