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“Astounding in its vividness, its originality, its inventiveness and heart. This outstanding novel will draw worthy comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, but more than anything I’m struck by the sheer force of Appel’s vision and voice. The book marks the arrival of a trenchant and necessary voice in American letters. How lucky we are!” —Bret Anthony Johnston, author, Corpus Christi: Stories
“A burghers’ banquet of the best of New York and an unapologetic romantic’s hopes for the dreams of the last and most forgotten among us. Appel’s novel is outstanding—a singular and extremely funny read for those of us who find our pleasures in contemplating loneliness and despair.” —Michael Dahlie, author, A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living
“Appel’s clever, vigorously written, intently observed, and richly emotional tale, is spiked with canny observations about human nature. Do we inherit or create luck? Is beauty a burden or a gift? Can love transcend fantasy? Seductive and thought-provoking.” —Booklist
“Even the secondary characters are as vivid as any found in fiction. Though The Biology of Luck is only his second novel, Appel’s status as a prolific writer is well-cemented.” —Green Mountains Review
The chapters alternate between the book written by Mr. Appel, and the book written by the character Larry Bloom.
This was something about the book that I liked very much, but might be frustrating for one who prefers the tied up with a neat little bow approach.
Jacob Appel is a master of farce, caricature, compelling language, unique stylistic devices, and extraordinarily beautiful descriptive language.
Having lived in NYC for a while, I thoroughly enjoyed the lively visits to a variety of familiar neighborhoods! Mr. Read morePublished 1 day ago by pat vitsky
I remember watching an artist painting. Having roughed out the structure, he could apply deft touches of colour with such skill that I immediately recognised what was intended, not... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tony
I was thrown by THE BIOLOGY OF LUCK by Jacob M. Appel. It was hard for me as a read to get into the format of book in book and keep the real from the book inside story. Read morePublished 14 days ago by James L. Woolridge
Part guided tour of America's greatest city, part love story, part character study, The Biology of Luck makes me want to return to NYC just to soak in the atmosphere. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jan Kellis
Wonderful writing and compelling characters that make you stop and think about self-image, the power and burden of beauty, and the the complexities of modern romance.Published 1 month ago by D. Smith
I regret having to give this a star rating on the same scale as all other books. It is very well written, but I just don't think it is likely that I would recommend it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. King
W O W. An unique read based upon two main characters, Leopold Bloom and Starshine --- Bloom is infatuated with Starshine who is definitely her own girl. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A DeWitt
One of the most entertaining reads ever. Reminds me of Robbins and Boyle and Davies with wacko but lovable characters and a unique and engaging authorial voice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Reed
The Biology of Luck is a unique story. Told both as a present day tale, and a story within a story (a fictional account written about that day) it can get a little confusing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Rager