Against the backdrop of the Singer Sewing Company, a novel of phobias, obsessions, a string of motel fires, and a troubled friendship In the early 1980s,Milton Menger, a wealthy art dealer living in New Jersey, is called by an estranged friend, Charles Trembleman, with whom he’s had no contact in years. Charley is a traveling salesman for the Singer Sewing Company and his hands have just been badly burned in a motel fire near Memphis.He needs a driver so he can continue traveling and selling.Milty rises to the occasion.Together they embark on a journey across the South, visiting showrooms and staying in locally owned motels. Is it a coincidence that these motels keep going up in flames?
With a DeLillo-like nostalgia for Americana, combined with the dark humor of a Coen brothers film, Ira Sher’s storytelling draws the reader in like a moth to the flame.
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SINGERUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Sher's latest is a tale of obsession, insanity, dark humor, and nostalgia. It is also a classic road story, with two men sharing a car across the Deep South. Charles, a traveling salesman for Singer ... Read full review
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I heard Ira Sher read one of his short stories on This American Life and was really blown away by it, so I decided to read one of his novels. His writing is really beautiful but can be stagnant and too wordy in some places. Overall, I enjoyed it. Read full review