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Getting Over Homer by [O'Donnell, Mark]
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In the past five years Mark O'Donnell has garnered a fine reputation for comic invention. His humorous fiction and drawings have appeared in The New Yorker and his collections, Vertigo Park and Elementary Education, are now considered classics. In his new novel, Getting Over Homer, O'Donnell's comic genius is at full tilt. Getting Over Homer tells the story of Blue Monahan, a gay man and songwriter in search of love and security in a world more interested in lust and scarcity. +O'Donnell makes us laugh. His ability to crack wise and bring tears to our eyes while doing so is evident on every page. Getting Over Homer is wildly funny but manages to move us as well; it is a great comic novel.

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Playwright and humorist O'Donnell's first novel is a wit-saturated tale of coming out, coming-of-age, come-downs and coming around about love. "Blue" Monahan's search for his true mate in gay Manhattan sparks two successive flames, both of which burn out. His first, Homer, an ambitious celebrity party planner, takes him among the high rollers and Fire Island sophisticates before the pair abruptly break up. On the rebound with the younger, naive Teddy, Blue again discovers the unpredictable behavior of the human heart. O'Donnell (Vertigo Park) saddles Blue with an identical twin who is a famous sitcom actor and with the misfortune of having written a cheesy hit ballad as a kid. Homer is a less than credible figure of obsession, but O'Donnell captures his mercurially untrustworthy charm. Similarly, his style works best when rendering repartee or when relating the antics of Blue's family and friends, such as the sardonically upright Lloyd, who calls Homer "either Cute Man Made or time-released trouble." Blue's a wistful fool for love, and the narrative is awash in one-liners and self-conscious sentimentality. In the end, Blue's punning, pop-cult wiseacreage somewhat flattens the story line, as his amorous highs don't sound all that different from his heartbroken lows.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (July 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00570A1CK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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