Charley "Chub" Fuller is a promising young writer, with an eccentric college friend named "Two Brew" Kitchel pushing him forward and playing his agent/editor. Chub has difficulties deciding what to use from real life and how -- his father's war experiences and alcoholism, his own unhappy experiences at Oberlin, and then struggling to make it in New York City. The girl of his dreams from college leaves her husband and comes to him, and her daughter takes to Chub beautifully, but he's blocked on the followup to his moderately successful collection of short stories, and more trouble is ahead. This is an odd little compulsive read that starts out a seeming bildungsroman of a writer, but eventually veers into murder mystery territory with Goldman's beloved plot twists. Decent beach reading but hardly his best.
This report prepared by David Loftus