Belmondo Style by Adam Berlin

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Jared Chiziver is a single father and professional pick-pocket, devotee of Jean-Paul Belmondo and foreign films, and a suave ladies' man. His son Ben is sixteen, a bookish semi-introvert, a star on his school's track team, college bound and gay. Their unusual but quiet and affectionate life in New York City's Greenwich Village is ripped asunder by two singular events. First, Jared finally meets 'the one,' Anna, a photographer of criminals and death scenes - a woman he finds endless engaging. Second, in response to a brutal attack upon his son Ben, Jared breaks his own cardinal rule and commits the big crime, the one that draws the unflinching attention of the police. The only response possible to these events is to leave New York one step ahead of the police and embark upon a journey of both escape and discovery that will irrevocably change their lives.

Told from the point of view of the too-wise and too-adult Ben, Belmondo Style is an unforgettable tale which movingly explores the bonds between an unusual father and a remarkable son.

About Adam Berlin

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Adam Berlin is the author of the novel Headlock. His stories and poems have been published in numerous journals including the Notre Dame Review, Bilingual Review, Greensboro Review, Northwest Review, Washington Square and Other Voices. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College, teaches writing at Columbia University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and lives in Manhattan.
Published August 7, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 265 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Ben’s newfound sexuality will get him attacked in a horrific way, and the awful vengeance taken by his understanding and impassioned father—the novel could be called Perils of the Penis—will necessitate flight from the Big Apple, hiding out in Miami, and then, due to cash flow problems, the under...

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A father and son with an unusually close relationship wrestle with a hardscrabble life in Manhattan and the consequences of crime in Berlin's thoughtful, somewhat stagy second novel (after Headlock ).

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