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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.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest    -   Hawaii City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dangerous    -   rude people

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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