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An American Type: A Novel Hardcover – June 7, 2010
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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The novel opens as the protagonist, Ira, arrives at the artists' retreat of Yaddo, New York, where he hopes to re-energize his stalled writing career. Ira is a 32-year-old Jewish immigrant who grew up in the ghettos of New York City. He leaves behind his lover and patroness, Edith, who has been the controlling force in Ira's life for several years. His writing project is a failure, but he falls in love at Yaddo with "M", a pianist and aspiring composer. (Some characters in the novel have only initials for surnames; M has only the initial as a first name.) Attempting to free himself from Edith's control and establish financial independence so he can marry M, Ira undertakes a rash cross-country journey to Los Angeles with his communist activist friend Bill. Unfortunately, like Edith, Bill is another controlling personality who saps Ira of his energy as well as his money. The trip West becomes a plunge into absolute poverty and despair. Only his love for M pulls Ira back from the abyss.
Ira's struggle for emotional independence is also a struggle to establish his identity. He is Jewish by birth, but not an active believer.Read more ›