[a Novel]Book - 2002
From the internationally acclaimed playwright and author ofArtcomes a first novel of extraordinary brilliance: the outpourings--at once eccentric, dark, and exceedingly funny--of an old man reflecting upon his life, marriages, friendships, love affairs, and the enragingly separate existence of his spoiled, and lost, only son. He has had a full life, and now, in his later years, retired, his second wife getting on his nerves, love affairs a distant memory, he has a few things that he'd like to get off his chest. As he talks--half to himself, half to the son he can't understand--we're introduced to Nancy, his too-happy wife; to their housekeeper, Mrs. Dacimiento, who still can't put the bag properly over the rim of the garbage can; to his chum Lionel; to his daughter and her wannabe-truly-Jewish husb∧ and to the heartbreaking Marisa Botton, his idiotic, irresistible mistress. Finally, we witness his chance re-encounter with the charming Genevieve Abramowitz, who in telling him a story of her own leads him to his final overtures. Yasmina Reza has written a symphonic monologue--a passionatekvetch, a truly original work.
Publisher: Knopf, 2002.
Branch Call Number: FICTION REZ