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The passions that animate writers take zany shape in this playful metafictional debut novel by the author of the short story collection Kissing You. Evan Ulmer, an anxious writer desperate for literary success, is sick of having his stories rejected by busy publishers. Growing impatient, he abducts Robert Partnow, an esteemed book editor he read about in Publisher's Weekly, and locks him up in a basement designed for maximum comfort. There, Partnow is forced to listen to the many failures of the struggling writer, and captor and captive gradually develop a wary relationship based on honesty and loneliness. Meanwhile, the zealous media coverage of Partnow's disappearance brings to light a few of the editor's own failings and forces the duo to reevaluate their respective positions. When Ulmer isn't talking shop with his hostage, he's falling for Promise, an affection-starved writer with similar pen-in-hand ambitions. It's a nudge from Promise that finally turns the tables on Ulmer, ushering in the startling, satisfying denouement. In deadpan, witty prose embroidered with nervous detail, Hayes offers a deft, pointed look at the writing life and the fine line between ambition and delusion.
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Evan Ulmer, a struggling writer, finds himself doing the unthinkable. He buys a gun, abducts a book editor named Robert Partnow, and keeps him locked in the basement of his home in upstate New York. Ulmer creates for Partnow a fortress-prison equipped with a TV, portable toilet, and treadmill, but it becomes increasingly evident to captor and captive alike that Ulmer has no real plans for his abductee. Evan is a self-absorbed writer who seems only to write for the possibility of fame. He shares these dreams and his career disappointments with Bob, and he finds they have more in common than expected. A burgeoning romance with a plucky girl, also a writer, whom he meets at the public library forces Evan to face the enormity of the crime he has undertaken: What was he thinking? Tight, clever turns of phrase and a surprisingly light touch give this first novel a fresh feel even as it reprises a familiar theme--the absurdities of the publishing world and the agonies of rejection. Misha Stone
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555974090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555974091
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,093,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alice Kaltman on October 21, 2004
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This was one of the funniest, yet poignant books I've read all year. A true revenge fantasy put on the page. Daniel Hayes does a brilliant job of describing the unfolding relationship between two men, one a total loser, and the other at the top of his game. Or are they? When under dog takes outlandish action and becomes top dog. the two men are thrust in to a situation that is searingly intimate. Hayes' use of dialogue and train of thought make an unbelievable situation painfully real. This is a true you'll laugh, you'll cry book. The writing is seamless, and natural, no pretention. I hope Daniel Hayes comes out with another book soon!
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Meta- of the moment, in the moment. What you are reading is what you are writing, is what you are living, which is what is being written. On the surface, Daniel Hayes' new work, "Tearjerker" explores the revenge fantasy of an unpublished writer and a burnt-out book editor. This easily could have veered off into Stephen King's Novella "Misery" terriorty, but it does not. It delves into the depths of friendship, romance, reality, fantasy and what it is to be in the moment, and follow this closely readers - what is the moment you are in? Hayes' previous book of short stories "Kissing You" strung together short stories with themes of longing, devotion, and unchecked realities, in "Tearjerker" he does the same, but with one cohesive short novel. You will not want to put this book down until you know how it ends. And when it does end, it will leave you wondering how to feel about the characters; happy for them, or sad for them?
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