Responsible Men: A Novel

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2005 - Fiction - 332 pages
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Max Wolinsky is a forty-one-year-old, ethically challenged salesman from a family of mostly upstanding salesmen. He longs to become a better son and a better father, but when he returns home to Philadelphia for his son Nathan's bar mitzvah, he knows it won't be easy. For one thing, it means going to his former home to see his ex-wife, who's now living with the gardener he once hired. It means facing his unhappy son's complaints- Nathan is particularly upset about being forced to join a troop of kosher Boy Scouts. It also means hearing his father, Caleb, plead for him to move back to Philly from Florida. And it means trying to reconnect with Uncle Abe, once the family's most charismatic salesman, who hasn't been able to speak coherently since his stroke. If Max can be civil to his ex-wife, listen to his son, and pull off one last scam so his father and uncle can live a better life, everything just might turn out all right. What Max doesn't know is that Uncle Abe has his own master plan for the family. Responsible Men is by turns funny, poignant, and wise. Schwarzschild gets inside the hearts of men in prose that is both skillful and authentic.

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User Review  - Adam Johnson - Goodreads

Ed Schwarzschild's debut novel is one I loved so much I read it twice. Through clear and precise prose, Schwarzschild manages to examine moral struggle on many levels. On the first read, I was swept ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lesley - Goodreads

I originally thought this would be a 3 star book, but by page 113 I decided I had wasted enough time and put it on my "quit before the end" shelf. The writing was OK if very basic, but I just could ... Read full review


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Edward Schwarzschild is an assistant professor at the University at Albany, SUNY, with a joint appointment in the English Department and the New York State Writers Institute

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