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The Love Book [Kindle Edition]

Ken Wohlrob
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Book Description

Five gritty, absurd and darkly comic tales. Five characters at a crossroads in their lives. While recovering in a New Jersey motel room, an obese female pro-wrestler is confronted by the demons of her past, as old memories she long ago wanted to bury keep surfacing. An Italian man who has a fetish for Asian women meets his match when he starts dating an Asian woman with a fetish for Italian men. A woman who loses her right arm in a car accident tries to return to normal life and subjects herself to the horrors of online dating. A man obsessed with time has recurring dreams that he is always late for odd events and struggles with his psychiatrist to figure out the source of his fixation. An epidemic of suicide hits a retirement community in Ohio and one couple begins to question the value of their final days together. These are very modern fables, with a great heart, a very biting sense of humor, and fully-fleshed out characters that you can sink your teeth into.

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"You'll dig Ken Wohlrob's The Love Book, whether you like yourself or not. In fact, if you compare its cavalcade of kooks to you and the folk you call friends, it'll probably make you like yourself more." --Miami Sun Post

About the Author

KEN WOHLROB is the author of THE LOVE BOOK, a collection of short stories, and several e-only short stories. His work has appeared in Opium, The New York Press, Six Sentences, and Go Metric. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, which is a hell of a lot better than where you live. You can e-mail him at Visit the author on the web at

Product Details

  • File Size: 2814 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615171427
  • Publisher: Bully Press; 1 edition (October 27, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000ZNW4C4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,986,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Love Book: Gritty with Unexpected Tenderness February 12, 2009
These stories of sex and death, attraction and repulsion, men and women, start out in a gritty mode, exposing the less pretty realities of some of life's unfortunates. One triumph of The Love Book is the tenderness Wohlrob reveals in the course of writing each relationship, a raw and recognizable humanity he brings to the surface in places the reader least expects: Compassion for just the characters with whom I was most uncomfortable crept over me in absorbing Wohlrob's deft and distilled prose. The stories in The Love Book are never veiled autobiography, but add up to an original vision all Wohlrob's own, one that has been piercingly and wisely lived, felt, and imagined.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Collection of Stories March 30, 2010
No surprise this book is about love. Wohlrob's characters, real and flawed, remind us that indeed there is someone out there for everyone. Yet, the true question is whether one will make the necessary sacrifices in the name of love. The final story in this collection, "Taking the Happy Bus On Home", is beautiful and reminiscent of Mishima's story "Patriotism".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories About Things, Funny And Memorable February 14, 2008
Disclaimer: Ken is a friend of mine, we go back a number of years and have collaborated on a lot of stories and ideas. He ran the great webzine Bully, where I was a frequent contributor. When Ken decided to shut down Bully, I wondered what he was going to do. "The Love Book" is part of the answer to that. Ken has transformed himself in the last several years from a Menckenesque curmudgeon, hilariously skewering all aspects of pop culture, to a serious short story writer with a truly original and refreshing vision. These are stories that actually dare to be about things--that is, they have characters who are invested, committed, or otherwise trapped in certain strange or absurd lives who are looking for freedom and release. It's the basis of all great fiction, imo.

Short fiction has been dominated by several trends over the past decades: Carveresque/Bukowskian castration (the dreaded "she done me wrong" school), Barthlemian cutesiness and faux-shock/schlock ("Yesterday I put a pipe bomb in mother's duvet"), or simply vapid, narcissistic navel-gazing posing as wisdom (once brilliantly skewered in a Writer's Digest article as the type of poetry that goes "I look out/the window/and I am/important"). There's also the general "wallpaper" genre, literary decorations of earnest people having mild epiphanies, or being groped by the paper boy, or digging their hands in the earth, etc.

Well, Ken Wohlrob is having none of that, thank you. His writing isn't an answer or antidote to anything, except for maybe bad and fashionable fiction that leaves you feeling a little sick and ripped off when you've finished reading it. If you're still not sure, go to Ken's site and listen to the audio book version first. Then come back and get a copy to throw at somebody you love.

Tim Hall, author of Half Empty
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Ken Wohlrob is the author of No Tears For Old Scratch, Songs of Vagabonds, Misfits, and Sinners, and The Love Book. In addition, he is a guitarist in The Black Hand and El Mano Negro. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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