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My Year as a Clown: A Novel (edição 2012)

por Robert Steven Williams

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Fiction. Literature. With My Year as a Clown, Williams introduces us to the Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed Chuck Morgan, reeling after being blindsided by the abrupt collapse of his 20-year marriage. Morgan is a new kind of male hero, imperfect and uncertain, wholike his favorite football teamis fumbling forward into uncertainty. The 2013 Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Initially, Chuck worries he'll never have a relationship again, that he could stand in the lobby of a brothel with a hundred dollar bill plastered to his forehead and still not get lucky. But as his emotionally raw, 365-day odyssey unfolds, Chuck gradually relearns to live on his own, navigating the minefield of issues faced by the suddenly singlenew routines, awkward dates, and even more awkward sex. Clown will attract fans of the new breed of novelists that includes Nick Hornby, Jonathan Tropper and Tom Perrotta. Like others in that distinguished group, Robert Steven Williams delivers a painfully honest glimpses into the modern male psyche while writing about both sexes with equal ease and grace in a way that's both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. "Williams has written a terrific novel. His book pulls back the curtain on male masculinityshowing us what a guy really goes through when dealing with the difficult mess of his beloved spouse's infidelity and the ensuing divorce. Williams' characters give us the real-deal: a gut wrenching and often humorous look, showing us the everyday horrors of what it's like to start all over again as one approaches middle age." - Suzan-Lori Parks, winner Pulitzer Prize for Drama "Robert Steven Williams has written a novel of tremendous honesty, humor, and insight. His story of Chuck Morgan, cast adrift on the rocky shoals of dating when his wife of twenty years suddenly leaves him, does for men what Bridget Jones's Diary did for women." - Joy Johannessen, editor for Alice Sebold, Amy Bloom, Michael Cunningham and My Year as a Clown "When we first meet Chuck Morgan, he's broken, twisted and confused. And that's what makes him so interesting. Like other intriguing literary heroes, he is at his best after life has knocked him to the ground, forcing him to find a new way to be strong again; damaged maybe, but more confident this time, with a kinder, more open heart." - Jimmie Dale Gilmore, The Flatlanders.… (mais)
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Título:My Year as a Clown: A Novel
Autores:Robert Steven Williams
Informação:Against the Grain Press (2012), Kindle Edition, 312 pages
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To be honest, right now I'm not quite sure how to feel about this book. There were things that drew me in and the writing flowed well, but I have mixed feelings about the rest of the story. Full review to come later. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review* ( )
  Melissalovesreading | Sep 30, 2018 |
Chuck finds himself hit with the fact his wife has found someone else and is leaving him. After twenty years of marriage, Chuck is left confused and stumbling about to get his life in order. The reader follows Chuck through a year of recovery and getting back on his feet.

This was a unique book that was an interesting read. I have to admit that. Not many emotional books come from the man's point of view. What I mean by emotional is not that he is crying on every page but that he is exploring himself and his marriage. He has to face not only what his wife did but aspects of the problems he helped to create. On top of all that, I feel for the guy because of family and friends. Yes, they have good intentions, but stop trying to get him involved with someone when he just got uninvolved! That drove me nuts, but it happens in real life. If the author hadn't put those scenes in there, it would be too unreal even for fiction.

This is not a read that you will pick up and not be able to put down, yet it will keep you wondering what he will do next. Will he call his gym buddy's friend for a date? Will he have a second date? Will he finally get the divorce finalized?

I did like this book. I couldn't relate to most of it, but it had me wanting to continue and had me thinking deeply about many of the things that happened to him. This is one book I think most will either recommend to others or not like at all. If you like chick-lit kind of books, this is one you might enjoy. The fact that is from the man's point of view makes it a possibility for men and women to read and enjoy. I do suggest you checking out this.

Note: This book was part of a virtual book tour with no expectation of a positive review. ( )
  RebeccaGraf | Jun 29, 2013 |
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Fiction. Literature. With My Year as a Clown, Williams introduces us to the Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed Chuck Morgan, reeling after being blindsided by the abrupt collapse of his 20-year marriage. Morgan is a new kind of male hero, imperfect and uncertain, wholike his favorite football teamis fumbling forward into uncertainty. The 2013 Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Initially, Chuck worries he'll never have a relationship again, that he could stand in the lobby of a brothel with a hundred dollar bill plastered to his forehead and still not get lucky. But as his emotionally raw, 365-day odyssey unfolds, Chuck gradually relearns to live on his own, navigating the minefield of issues faced by the suddenly singlenew routines, awkward dates, and even more awkward sex. Clown will attract fans of the new breed of novelists that includes Nick Hornby, Jonathan Tropper and Tom Perrotta. Like others in that distinguished group, Robert Steven Williams delivers a painfully honest glimpses into the modern male psyche while writing about both sexes with equal ease and grace in a way that's both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. "Williams has written a terrific novel. His book pulls back the curtain on male masculinityshowing us what a guy really goes through when dealing with the difficult mess of his beloved spouse's infidelity and the ensuing divorce. Williams' characters give us the real-deal: a gut wrenching and often humorous look, showing us the everyday horrors of what it's like to start all over again as one approaches middle age." - Suzan-Lori Parks, winner Pulitzer Prize for Drama "Robert Steven Williams has written a novel of tremendous honesty, humor, and insight. His story of Chuck Morgan, cast adrift on the rocky shoals of dating when his wife of twenty years suddenly leaves him, does for men what Bridget Jones's Diary did for women." - Joy Johannessen, editor for Alice Sebold, Amy Bloom, Michael Cunningham and My Year as a Clown "When we first meet Chuck Morgan, he's broken, twisted and confused. And that's what makes him so interesting. Like other intriguing literary heroes, he is at his best after life has knocked him to the ground, forcing him to find a new way to be strong again; damaged maybe, but more confident this time, with a kinder, more open heart." - Jimmie Dale Gilmore, The Flatlanders.

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