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  Many people think that the "baby boomers" all became successful and wealthy. Raanan Geberer´s New York-based "The Diner Under the El," however, shines the spotlight on people usually ignored in fiction. These are people who are somewhat shy, or don´t have the type of outgoing self-confidence idealized by American society, and are often made to suffer for it.

  "The Diner Under the El" takes place from 1987 to 1991, and focuses on three young Jewish men in their mid-thirties from the Pelham Parkway neighborhood of the north Bronx, N.Y.  Every week, they go to singles events, and afterward, they meet at the "diner under the el" to commiserate. Change inevitably comes to their lives.

  One loses himself in ultra-right-wing conspiracy theories and sadistic sexual fantasies; the second, a would-be rock musician, sees his paste-up job becoming rapidly obsolete; and the third finds salvation with an off-beat woman who introduces him to poetry, New Age mysticism and pop psychology, with hilarious results.

  Author Raanan Geberer describes "The Diner Under the El" as something like "Seinfeld," but with a tragi-comic twist. Enjoy!

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