What is charismatic Holocaust survivor Meyer Maslow to think when a rough-looking young neo-Nazi named Vincent Nolan walks into the Manhattan office of Maslow's human rights foundation and declares that he wants to "save guys like me from becoming guys like me"? As Vincent gradually turns into the sort of person who might actually be able to do this, he also transforms those around him: Meyer Maslow, who fears heroism has become a desk job; the foundation's dedicated fund-raiser, Bonnie Kalen, an appealingly vulnerable divorced single mother; and even Bonnie's teenage son.
Francine Prose's A Changed Man is a darkly comic and masterfully inventive novel that poses essential questions about human nature, morality, and the capacity for personal reinvention.
About the Author
Francine Prose is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen novels, including the National Book Award Finalist Blue Angel and My New American Life. She has written three other novels for young adults: After, winner of the California Young Reader Medal, an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Bullyville, a PW Best Book and Book Sense Children's Pick; and her most recent, Touch. She is also the author of two picture books, Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig and Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Francine Prose was Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.
Praise for A Changed Man…
-Janet Maslin, New York Times
“American literature’s finest satirist of professionals with problems . . . Prose knows the territory and tweaks it deliciously.”
-Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Powerful, funny, and exquisitely nuanced . . . This story has a continental sweep.”
-New York Times Book Review
“Timely and clever . . . Prose carries us along on the sheer energy of her sentences.”
“Well-crafted and insightful.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“A novel of ideas, and provocative ones. Class--the dirty American secret--is no secret to Prose.”
-Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review
“[A] brilliant new comic novel . . . Prose’s sense of humor is as keen as ever.”
“Piercing wit... This tale hits comic high notes even as it probes serious issues.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Francine Prose is back with a powerful new novel about the possibility of starting over.”
“This book has it all: great characters, dark humor, a racing plot and important themes.”
“[An] artfully structured novel . . . [with] a selection of showstopping literary set pieces.”
“Pitch-perfect and nuanced . . . We can’t wait to crawl into bed with this book every night.”
-New York Observer