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Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998 - Fiction - 406 pages
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Saul Karoo is a successful Hollywood script doctor, a fixer of flawed films, He is fifty, overweight, a heavy drinker and chain smoker. He is at an age when things break down, but he has not health insurance. His separation from his wife, Dianah, has become another form of marriage. His relationship with his son, Billy, a college student, is one of pure avoidance. He cannot free himself from the grip of the powerful producer Jay Cromwell. The unnecessay scenes that he has effortlessly cut from other people's screenplays seem to threaten his own life. But Saul Karoo is the ultimate fixer. He must find an emotional and intellectual solution-yet the one he chooses may in the end prove more deadly than the problems it was intended to solve. Hauntingly human, full of sadness and humor, recognizable in place and time, Karoo is a memorable creation.

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In his second novel (after Summer Crossing, LJ 10/1/82), the late screenwriter creates a memorable monster in the titular Karoo, a genius hack and aging Manhattan-bound script and film doctor who's ... Read full review


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Steve Tesich (September 29, 1942 - July 1, 1996) was a Serbian-American Oscar-winning screenwriter, playwright and novelist.Tesich was born in Yugoslavia (now Serbia), but immigrated to the USA with his family when he was 14 years old.His family settled in East Chicago, Indiana, and Tesich later graduated from Indiana University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He went on to do graduate work at Columbia University, where he also wrote his first plays.After achieving some critical and box office success writing for both stage and screen he died following a heart attack at the age of 53 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.In 2005, Serbian Ministry for diaspora established the annual Stojan - Steve Tešić award, to be awarded to the writers of Serbian origin that write in other languages.

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