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The Fix [Kindle Edition]

Arje Shaw
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Only in America. Only in America can a young boy come to this country from a German displacement camp and find his life to be more unsettling than the one he left. Only in America can you lose everything while pursuing your dream. Only in America can Aryeh Pyatiegorskia grow to become Eddie Parker, a small-time bookie who uses his son, a High School basketball star, to fix games for the Mob. That’s the outer story. The inner story is about fathers and sons, what pulls them together and rips them apart.

“The language sings, the dialogue sizzles, and the author plays words, rhythm and cadence like a finely-tuned instrument.”

This is the story of a man coming to terms with himself, a compelling work of introspection and humor. Beneath the linguistic playfulness and witty banter, the author’s true compassion for his characters shines through. The result is an edgy, hard-driven tale seeking the answer to Eddie Parker’s perennial question: “Who am I and how did I get here?”

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Editorial Reviews


"Wry, Poignant, Hilarious, Touching, Unique Voice, Endlessly Entertaining!" - Lou Aronica, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Genuine, honest, creative, courageous!" - Dr. Dan Gottlieb, NPR, Voices of America

From the Author

"Eddie Parker whips off his grease-stained apron from behind the counter of Golishoff's Dairy Restaurant, stuffs a half-eaten buttered poppy seed roll in his mouth and takes off as Max Golishoff yells after him, "Run, Meshugeneh, run!" Eddie laughs, flips his collar, pops a cigarette, and slides recklessly along the icy sidewalk of Stanton and Orchard on the way to Houston, scissor-jumping the front door of his '65 fire-engine-red Caddy DeVille, landing squarely on the torn front seat of the beige leather interior, once white.

Like Eddie, nothing in the car works, save the engine. Brakes squeal, doors jam, wipers moan, tires shot, top dead at half-mast, headlights as ornaments, lighter missing, radio hisses. So, in one respect, the car's safe. He could only lose it on a horse, a card, a die, but never a thief. "Who would steal this piece of sh*t!?" But as Eddie says, "One man's sh*t is another man's collateral."

Eddie loves his car. Well, it's not entirely his. He's paid for it many times over, depending on his luck, something he doesn't believe in. Luck to Eddie is fate. Like an accident, you can't prepare for it, can't avoid it. Unlike Eddie's gambling cronies, who, when they win, it's skill, when they lose, it's luck. Not so with Eddie. To Eddie, winning's the flip side of losing, all one in the same, a mirror image depending on how you look at it. For winning's always an entitlement, and losing's a curse--losing being the challenge, for it requires an excuse and a lie. And, if you can lie to yourself, then you can lie to others so they can then believe you, a system of self-deceit Eddie's perfected. "

Product Details

  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0578074583
  • Publisher: Library Tales Publishing (May 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005063MMM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History, humor and deep characters October 16, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book combines accurate historical references to the Jewish community and Lower Eastside of Manhattan in the 50's and 60's with an exciting hoodlum, hustler action story. It captures the essence of immigrant life and of one particular family and their dynamics, especially fathers and sons.There is humor, poignancy and surprises. It would make a spectacular movie because the characters and action are so visual, perhaps because of Arje Shaw's playwriting experience.It deftly explains the expressions used that vividly portray the dialogue and activities of the era.

I would strongly recommend this for a poignant and exciting read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still reading enthusiastically May 16, 2011
By Lynas
Mr. Shaw's novel reads like a play with snappy dialogue and plenty of grit. The story moves along and keeps me interested. I look for opportunities to get back to it every chance I get and feel satisfied even when I only find time for part of a chapter. The voices of the characters sound so authentic and feel real and raunchy. These characters seem alive and the story sounds as if it is based on real experiences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This novel sings May 12, 2011
THE FIX is a wry, poignant, and endlessly entertaining novel. Arje Shaw's dialogue sings and brings the entire story to life. His observations are alternately hilarious and touching, and his voice is uniquely his own. I loved this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fix - A great story and a great read May 12, 2011
I just finished The Fix and I LOVED it. So wonderful from so many points of view. The consistent voice and style the author uses which really makes things come from inside the characters and elucidates who they are, the amazing bits of philosophy (I actually dog-eared quite a few pages for the quotes) the knowledge of history and politics and so many facts that are pertinent to the story, and the undercurrent of how writing and art figure deeply in the healing process, all make for a rich and moving reading experience. A totally original story written by someone who I can only assume has vast experience of the subject, but recreated, embellished and reinvented as a brilliant piece of fiction. I can't recommend it highly enough. I couldn't put it down. By David Friedman, author of "The Thought Exchange - Overcoming OUr Resistance to Living a Sensational Life."The Thought Exchange: Overcoming Our Resistance To Living A Sensational Life
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More About the Author

Arje Shaw, well-known to theater audiences as the author of The Gathering, returns to the literary spotlight with his latest work, a novel called The Fix .

Mr. Shaw is best known for his most recent work in 2001, the Broadway production of The Gathering starring Hal Linden, which followed the off-Broadway production starring Theodore Bikel. The New York Times hailed The Gathering as "thoughtful, provocative, filled with humor and warmth, fierce drama, [and] potent theatre; [it] entertains as it touches the heart and stimulates the mind." Mr. Shaw made his off-Broadway debut in 1992 with his first comedy A Catered Affair in collaboration with film and Broadway producer George W. George.

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