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 author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director's Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her most recent book is Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932. She lives in New York City.
-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