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Read online The Biology of Luck.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Biology of Luck Odd job queen Starshine Hart is about to go on somebody else s perfect date At the usually carefree Starshine has realized that it is easier to start sleeping with a man than to stop Her lovers include one of the last underground members of the Weathermen and the dilettante heir to a lawn chair magnate Both men have staked their romantic future on her Her only respite is her impending dinner with the nonthreatening but unattractive tour guide Larry Bloom But Larry too has a stake in her future He has written a book about their impending dinner in which he fantasizes about Starshine s life on the day he wins her heart Juxtaposing moments from Larry s guided tour of New York City on the June day of his dream date with excerpts from the novel in which he imagines Starshine s concurrent escapades this inventive structure weaves a highly imaginative love story across all five boroughs Provocative funny and keenly observed an imagined pilgrimage through the underbelly of Gotham becomes a bold new voice in contemporary American fiction by Jacob M. Appel

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The Biology of Luck
Title:The Biology of Luck
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ISBN:0975374680
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Number of Pages:234
Category:fiction, romance, contemporary
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On the outside Dr Jeremy Balint is a pillar of the community the youngest division chief at his hospital a model son to his elderly parents fiercely devoted to his wife and two young daughters On the inside Dr Jeremy Balint is a high functioning sociopath a man who truly believes himself to stand above the ethical norms of society As long as life treats him well Balint has no cause to harm others When life treats him poorly he reveals the depths of his cold blooded depravity In contrast to fictional predecessors like Dostoyevesky s Raskolnikov and Camus s Mersault Dr Balint is a man who already has it all and will do everything in his power no matter how immoral to keep what he has, A visitor from a distant planet opens a Latvian restaurant next to an abortion clinic a magician learns that true love will cost him a kidney a blind barber cuts hair for tourists in a gentrifying Harlem Enter the mad moving university of Jacob M Appel s short fiction, Phoning Home is a collection of entertaining and thought provoking essays featuring the author s quirky family his Jewish heritage and his New York City upbringing Jacob M Appel s recollections and insights informed and filtered by his advanced degrees in medicine law and ethics not only inspire nostalgic feelings but also offer insight into contemporary medical and ethical issues br At times sardonic and at others self deprecating Appel lays bare the most private aspects of his emotional life We d just visited my grandaunt in Miami Beach the last time we would ever see her I had my two travel companions Fat and Thin securely buckled into the backseat of my mother s foul tempered Dodge Dart writes Appel of his family vacation with his two favorite rubber cat toys Shortly thereafter Fat and Thin were lost forever beginning when Appel was just six years old what he calls his private apocalypse br br br Both erudite and full hearted Appel recounts storylines ranging from a bout of unrequited love gone awry to the poignant romance of his grandparents We learn of the crank phone calls he made to his own family the conspicuous absence of Jell O at his grandaunt s house and family secrets long believed buried The stories capture the author s distinctive voice a blend of a physician s compassion and an ethicist s constant questioning br br br, Each of the characters in i Scouting for the Reaper i faces an unanticipated challenge transporting a truckload of penguins across the country arranging a proper Jewish burial for the remains of Gregor Samsa selling tombstones dressed as a Girl Scout These stories explore the domestic and professional adventures of people in over their heads while leavening their struggles with humor br br b Jacob M Appel b is the author of more than two hundred published short stories and is a past winner of the Boston Review Short Fiction Competition br br br