Ivan G. Goldman's 5th & most recent novel The Debtor Class (Permanent Press; 2015) is 'howlingly funny,' says the Booklist starred review, which asserts it could become a 'cult classic.' Publishers Weekly calls it 'gripping ... a sobering and triumphant read.' Goldman's writing has appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, Utne Reader, The Nation, National Review, Rolling Stone, The Ring, The New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times and elsewhere. A Fulbright Scholar, he's worked as a Washington Post writer and Los Angeles Times editor.
His previous novel Isaac: A Modern Fable (Permanent Press, 2012) also received a starred review in Booklist: "Any story with characters so real that we wish we could reach into the book and give them a hug demands to be read." Publishers Weekly: "Goldman's snappy dialogue and light touch make this sendup of West Coast superficiality, East Coast academia, and the Old Testament an entertaining read full of weighty, nuanced questions about faith, fate, and what makes life precious, even after four millennia."
His novel The Barfighter (Permanent Press, 2009) was nominated as a 2009 Notable Book by the American Library Association. BookList: "a fine book" that "illuminates a largely unknown world and tells an engaging tale of redemption filled with vividly drawn characters. The Barfighter is wryly funny, insightful, and warmly human."
Kirkus Reviews: "Entertaining and acutely observed -- and the boxing milieu and mindset are utterly persuasive. A winner."
Kirkus Reviews called his first novel, Where the Money Is: A Novel of Las Vegas (Barricade; 1995) "an impressive debut . . . a stylish twisty first novel."
Goldman's non-fiction title L.A. Secret Police, co-authored with ex-detective Mike Rothmiller, was a New York Times best-seller.
You can find out more about Goldman's background in his article "Caste and Class on The Washington Post" It appeared in Columbia Journalism Review and is online at http://www.coliserv.net/swm/goldman-caste.html
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