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The brilliant creation of ninety-year-old debut novelist Millard Kaufman co-creator of Mr. Magoo and twice-nominated for Academy Awards for screenwriting Bowl of Cherries rivals the liveliest comic epics for giddy wordplay and gleeful invention. Kicked out of Yale at the age of fourteen Judd Breslau falls in with Phillips Chatterton a bathrobe-wearing Egyptologist working out of a dilapidated home laboratory. Entranced by Chatterton's daughter Valerie Breslau abandons his studies and decides to move in with the eccentric scientist and assist with research. But the work is not what Judd had thought and mesmerized by Valerie Breslau follows her to a number of strange locales--a secret attic in her father's home a Colorado equestrian ranch and a porn studio beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Judd ultimately makes his way to the forlorn Iraqi province of Assama ending up in a jail cell from which he narrates the novel awaiting his execution while war rages on around him. Hailed by The New Yorker as "equal parts Catcher in the Rye and Die Hard " Kaufman's debut is a book of astounding breadth and sharp consequences containing all the joy madness terror and doubt of adolescence and everything after.
- Grove/Atlantic, October 2008
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