Side Effects

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Celadon Press, Dec 30, 2008 - Fiction - 382 pages
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Side Effects, a novel by Harvey Jacobs, the award-winning author of American Goliath, recounts the medical misadventures of Simon Apple, whose life has been one long battle with Miracle Cures, each of which requires yet another Miracle Cure to curb an increasingly bizarre series of unintended consequences. Now, Simon awaits the lethal stroke of midnight on Death Row when he will make the supreme sacrificegiving his life for the sake of the pharmaceutical industry. A steady parade of visitorsfamily, friends, enemies and lovers come to wish him bon voyage on the day of his final exitwhile Simons nemesis, Regis Van Clay, celebrates. Side Effects is a rollicking ride through a life that ranges from horrendous to hilarious, a resonant contemporary reading adventure where RX marks the spot.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The culture of pharmaceutical overkill is the subject—and target—of this high-energy fifth novel from the little-known comic surrealist whose best books (American Goliath, 1998, etc.) rival the late ... Read full review


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