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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Two Dollar Radio (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937512029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937512026
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,288,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jay Neugeboren is the author, most recently, of the novel 1940, and collection You Are My Heart and Other Stories. His previous novels have received the American Jewish Committee Award and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Tikkun, GQ, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books. He was the writer-in-residence for many years at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and currently lives in New York City.

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JAY NEUGEBOREN


JAY NEUGEBOREN is the author of 18 books, including two prize-winning novels (The Stolen Jew and Before My Life Began), two prize-winning books of non-fiction (Imagining Robert:My Brother, Madness, and Survival and Transforming Madnes: New Lives for People Living with Mental Illness), and four collections of award-winning stories. His most recent novel, 1940, was long-listed for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Two new novels are scheduled for publication: The Other Side of the World, Fall 2012, and The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company, Spring 2013.
His stories and essays have appeared widely (in The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar, The New York Times, GQ, Newsweek, Midstream, Hadassah, Sport, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Authors Guild Bulletin, etc.), and have been reprinted in more than 50 anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories.
His screenplay for The Hollow Boy, which premiered on American Playhouse, has won many honors, including top prize at the Houston International Film Festival. An award winning documentary film based on Imagining Robert, in which he co-starred with his brother, and for which he wrote the script, has been appearing nationally on PBS stations since 2004. He is the recipient of numerous other awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, and is the only author to have won six consecutive Syndicated Fiction Prizes. His archive is housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Center in Austin, Texas.
He has given Grand Rounds at Harvard Medical School, Yale Medical School, North Shore Hospital, Bay State Medical Center, Roosevelt-St. Lukes Hospital, and other medical facilities, and has been keynote speaker nationally and internationally for numerous mental health organizations, including the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization.
Mr. Neugeboren was Professor and Writer-in-Residence for many years at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has taught at other universities, including Stanford, Indiana, S.U.N.Y. at Old Westbury, and Freiburg (Germany). He now lives and writes in New York City, where he is on the faculty of the Writing Program of the Graduate School of the Arts at Columbia University.
A full list of his publications, along with other information about Mr. Neugeboren, including excerpts from reviews of his highly praised 2011 short story collection, You Are My Heart, can be found at

www.jayneugeboren.com


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2013
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Suspension of disbelief--at least to a certain extent--is the author's ask of every reader. Suspending disbelief in the service of a good story is one thing. Suspending it to be sheperded into a world of self-indulgent, self-congratulatory characters is something else instead. Being told repeatedly that characters are wonderful, charming, engaging, brilliant might fly if the author also wove that case deeply into the plot line, dialogue and narrative. Sadly, the two-dimensional types that populate The Other Side of the World want what they want, but they don't do much to demonstrate their ability to get it. In a tough economy, reading about high flyers doing pretty much what they damn well please and suffering no consequences is, I guess, escapist literature for some. And somewhere it must also be written that reading books is a better, more constructive use of time than reading comic books. Or is it? The Other Side of the World puts that question to the test.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mizzqmb on February 3, 2013
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I thought it was an odd book, I just didn't get a rhythm, a flow. It was a quick read and I liked that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad Johnston on January 21, 2013
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I'm only 1/4 of the way into this book but the grammar is so bad and the story is wandering so aimlessly, I think I should order "1940", where there is a chance Neugeboren has a story to tell. I'll bet English was not spoken at the family dinner table when he was a kid. If it was, he wasn't listening. If you don't mind bad grammar and awkward English, give this one a shot. Maybe it goes somewhere. I didn't pay much and I didn't get much but it's better than watching the grass grow.
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Update, 02feb13. It gets a lot better in the middle third when our hero gets to Singapore and Borneo. Except for the simple grammar errors, it's pretty well written. I'd better give it another star.
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