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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006165731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061657313
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Dark, hilarious, but most of all honest, Men, Women & Children is an unparalleled snapshot of sexual politics in the age of social networking, one that reminds me of my first encounters with films like The Graduate and American Beauty.'' --Jason Reitman, director of Juno

''Men, Women & Children explores all of the things that most Americans don't talk about, and in the course of showing what happens when we don't communicate with each other, it deftly exposes how we can be both tender and frightening, moving and bizarre, in one of the most beautiful ways I've seen outside of real life.'' --Stoya, star of Perfect Picture

''[Kultgen] speaks the voice of our generation very authentically. And you rarely see that in the media today.'' --George 'Maddox' Ouzounian, author of The Alphabet of Manliness

''With The Average American Male and The Lie, Kultgen earned a cult following as an audacious, candid chronicler of broken hearts and pop culture. His new novel explores private obsessions and secret lives in the age of the Internet and reality TV . . . His observations into how people become corrupted and needy are funny and moving.'' --Booklist --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Chad Kultgen, cult hero and author of the buzz-generating illicit classics The Average American Male and The Lie, cuts to the quick of the American psyche like no other author writing today. In Men, Women & Children he explores the sexual pressures at work on a handful of troubled, conflicted junior-high students and their equally dysfunctional parents. From porn-surfing fathers to World of Warcraft-obsessed sons, from competitive cheerleaders to their dissatisfied, misguided mothers, Kultgen clicks open the emotionally treacherous culture in which we live—in his most ambitious and surprising book yet.


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Let me begin by saying that I've read and enjoyed all of Chad Kultgen's books.
Euchre_King
I read the sample first, and was not sure what to think, and after finishing the novel, I'm just so "MEH" about it.
Stuart S.
Story line was great, I did not like the ending only because it left too many questions left unanswered.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Pensky on June 22, 2011
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No one is ever going to say that Chad Kultgen is a master wordsmith. His novels always strike me as fleshed out screenplays; very straight forward and direct, with little description or clever language. His characters are rarely anything greater than the sum of their quirks, they have no separation from each other in any way outside of what each of them enjoys. All of his characters have the same dedicated focus and they all act remarkably similar to each other, even if their ultimate goals are different. His previous novels, "Average American Male" and "The Lie" both exist in the "fratire" genre, where the focus tends to be male oriented and extremely graphic and sexual. The sex is extremely male oriented; aggressive and detail oriented, with an emphasis on male dominance. That's not a negative quality, it just should be recognized because it can be upsetting to some people. "American Male" was an interesting take on a nameless narrator who aimlessly goes through his life, driven only by sex and video games. "The Lie" was more complex, with a legitimately interesting plot that concerned the college careers of three fairly unlikable characters.

"Men, Women and Children" is a little more restrained than Kultgen's previous works. Sex is still a huge focus, but it doesn't dominate the pages the way it did before. The more general focus rests in the way that the internet has the power to influence people. The internet is a powerful force for all of the characters in this book, of which there are a multitude (some might say a few too many). The internet brings about sexual fetishes, video games, paranoia, etc. All of the characters are eventually affected in some way by this technology, and Kultgen does a good job of examining how these changes are perceived by everyone involved.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By luke on June 27, 2011
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I have read Chad Kultgen's previous books and this one strays from his normal Fratire, but still holds onto his style of writing. At times the book gets a little too sexual and overly descriptive, even for a college male like myself, but the book covers topics from suicide, teen sex, pregnancy, divorce, adultery, and self-fulfilling prophecies in a way that makes the reader reevaluate their own stance. It is definitely a shake-up from The Average American Male, and The Lie, but a very good read anyways. If you know Chad Kultgen's writing and enjoy it then pick up his new book. I look forward to his next novel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2011
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I just finished Chad Kultgen's newest book, "Men Women & Children," and the first thought that comes to mind is that he seems to have perfected what I can only describe as the anti-romance novel. His books are a mix of amazing/hilarious quotes, moments of deep reflection, and profoundly pornographic writing. His writing style has been called "fratire," which basically just means that it's humorous and aimed younger guys, but I would say this most recent work doesn't quite fit in to that genre. His first book "The Average American Male" fits in to that genre, and to a lesser extent his second book "The Lie" does also, but MW&C somehow doesn't. It's not completely different from his other work. In fact, you can pretty clearly see the progression from book to book, but this slips into more of a comment on modern society than comedy. Describing it that way makes it sound like a far less interesting book than it really is. It touches on the relationship between parents and their children, prescription drug use, social networking and the internet, and the sexual misadventures of early-teenage kids, all without sounding like a morning show "news" report, being overly preachy, or coming off as a lecture from that old guy who taught your sociology class.

Kultgen explores a different writing style in each of his books. TAAM is written as almost a journal of the random thoughts of a mid-20's guy as he ends one relationship and starts another. This gives a direct look at how the mind of a typical guy works, with amazing accuracy. TL is written as more of an interview with three recent college graduates who take turns telling the story of their four years together at college while they do all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons. This does two things very well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annalisa Magniet on September 21, 2013
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I tried this on on a third-party recommendation that I now suspect came from a friend of the author. While Kultgen writes well and can create characters, there is no story here beyond a total disconnect between the characters, with not one of them pondering why they are in the situations they are in, why they aren't happy, what they actually want from their lives or how they might go about getting it. Not one of them seems to notice the total lack of connections with any other person. If that isolation is the point of the book, someone should have been capable of either drawing conclusion about the situation or at least wondering about it. It is a book about miserable, unhappy people with empty lives that suddenly comes to an end when the writing stops.

I think if the author can find a story to tell he will be more than capable of telling it convincingly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on December 24, 2012
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This is the third book of Chad Kultgen's that I have read and it lives up to his standards. Just like the others, it is pretty messed up but sadly I think that is a pretty honest portrayle of some of the families in our society. There are better books to read out there, so unless you are dying to read a sad story that will leave you nothing, then try to find a different book.

I might recommend this to someone, only if they were a cruel person.
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