The Book of Getting Even

By Benjamin Taylor
(Zoland Books, Paperback, 9781581952322, 166pp.)

Publication Date: February 10, 2009

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Son of a rabbi, budding astronomer Gabriel Geismar is on his way from youth to manhood in the 1970s when he falls in love with the esteemed and beguiling Hundert family, different in every way from his own. Over the course of a decade-long drama unfolding in New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and the Wisconsin countryside, Gabriel enters more and more passionately and intimately into the world of his elective clan, discovering at the inmost center that he alone must bear the full weight of their tragedies, past and present. Yet The Book of Getting Even is funny and robust, a novel rich in those fundamentals we go to great fiction for: the exploration of what is hidden, the sudden shocks, the feeling at last of life laid bare.

About the Author
Benjamin Taylor has taught at the New School for Social Research and Columbia University and each spring term is at Washington University in Saint Louis. His work has appeared in "Salmagundi", "Threepenny Review", "Raritan", "The Los Angeles Times Book Review", "New England Review", and many other publications. He is the author of a novel, "The Mercy Seat", forthcoming next year.
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