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an upscale New York City neighborhood a group of dads meets for
breakfast after dropping their children off at school. The men range
from a television producer, photographer and playwright to a
sculptor, sound engineer, and even a gangster.
Each of the men obviously
has a story and these tales and the family situations that exist
within each character’s household emerge as you get to know the men
more intimately. This is just a variation of the “housewife”
dramas that television audiences are subjected to. Is the idea really
original? Of course not!
But still, the interplay
between these individuals and the situations that each one finds
himself in are entertaining and the pieces of the puzzle here do fit
together in some curious ways.
Is Mark a secret child
molester? Why is Brick cheating on the woman who has made his career
as a sculptor possible? What’s going to happen when Rick is exposed
for his fraudulent memoir? And, why is Ranklin, the hood, even
hanging out with a group of guys he holds in utter disdain?
There are plenty of juicy
moments when love affairs, resentments, professional indiscretions
and rivalries come to light in this urban scenario manufactured by
Karl Taro Greenfeld. If you are seeking a change of pace from the
mysteries, adventure reading or other types of reading you usually
pursue, this might be the book to try.
Fair warning, this novel
received a mixed bag of reviews from “really loved it” to “total
waste of time”. You might wish to check some other sites for
reader reactions before you make a purchase. Or, better still, check
it out from the library!