Harry, Revised: A Novel

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Bloomsbury USA, Apr 15, 2008 - Fiction - 272 pages
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A sophisticated, sterling debut by a wonderful emerging talent—the founder of the popular literary blog The Elegant Variation.
Harry, Revised is the hilarious and tender story of Harry Rent, a down-on-his-luck widower, who tries to reinvent himself following his wife's untimely death. Harry's emotional journey takes him from his own solipsistic and outrageously misdirected fantasies about an obsidian-haired, twenty-two-year-old waitress at his local greasy spoon to the tenuous beginnings of an actual personal transformation. At once deeply moving and darkly comedic, Harry, Revised is an extraordinary novel about the measure of a man's worth.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In L.A. blogger Sarvas's debut, a guilt-ridden 40-something doctor, stunned by his wife's death during cosmetic surgery, tries to remake himself with the aid of two waitresses, an abridged edition of ... Read full review

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User Review  - theanalogdivide - LibraryThing

This might actually be closer to 3.5 stars. It was well-written, and I laughed out loud on several occasions, but I'm not sure how well the book would hold up under further scrutiny. There's a sort of ... Read full review


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Mark Sarvas is the founder of the popular litblog The Elegant Variation, which Forbes and Entertainment Weekly have named as one of the best blogs on the Web. His fiction has appeared in Troika Magazine, the Wisconsin Review, Apostrophe, Thought Magazine, and Pindeldyboz and as part of the Spoken Interludes and Vermin on the Mount reading series in Los Angeles. His criticism has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Three Penny Review, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. This is his first novel. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

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