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Book Doctor

A Novel

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May 9, 2006 | Paperback | 5.4 x 8.1, 272 Pages | ISBN 9781582433240
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"Cohen's novel is a gentle treatment of fragile relationships, humorously punctuated by the weird queries Arlette receives from struggling writers... Fluent, funny and true, it will particularly appeal to writers and those who must suffer them." —Publishers Weekly

This title offers a modern-day romance and a hilarious, knowing look at the troublesome process of bringing a book into the world — for readers and struggling writers everywhere. Arlette Rosen earns her living helping strangers with their book ideas. She thinks she knows a good book from a bad one, and believes that all writers should aim to be James Joyce, or Proust, or at least not forgotten too quickly. Enter Harbinger Singh — an unusual hero — Singh earns his living as a tax lawyer. Still in love with his ex-wife, Singh wants to win her back. And, he also wants revenge. He decides the path to Carla is through writing a book. All he needs is help with the actual writing. Arlette Rosen and Harbinger Singh meet and enter each others lives in unalterable ways, ways that form the unusual path Book Doctor takes. It is a path full of books, sex, movies, love, music and continual revelation.

ESTHER COHEN is the author of the novel No Charge for Looking. She is the Executive Director of Bread and Roses, the cultural arm of New York’s Health and Human Service Union, 1199/SEIU. She lives with her husband in New York City.

Praise

“Cohen’s novel is a gentle treatment of fragile relationships, humorously punctuated by the weird queries Arlette receives from struggling writers… Fluent, funny and true, it will particularly appeal to writers and those who must suffer them.” —Publishers Weekly

“Cohen’s send-up, cousin to Eric Kraft’s Passionate Spectator, will delight all book lovers and fans of screwball comedies.” —Booklist

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