Crazy by William Peter Blatty

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Bestselling author William Peter Blatty warms our hearts with a funny yet deeply moving nostalgic tale of memory, mystery . . . and miracles.

New York, 1941: Joey El Bueno is just a smart-aleck kid, confounding the nuns and bullies at St. Stephen’s school on East 28th Street when he first meets Jane Bent, a freckle-faced girl with red pigtails and yellow smiley-face barrettes who seems to know him better than he knows himself. A magical afternoon at the movies, watching Cary Grant in Gunga Din, is the beginning of a puzzling friendship that soon leaves Joey baffled and bewildered.

Jane is like nobody he has ever met. She comes and goes at will, nobody else seems to have heard of her, and is it true that she once levitated six feet off the ground at the refreshment counter of the old Superior movie house on Third Avenue? Joey, an avid reader of pulp magazines and comic books, is no stranger to amazing stories, but Jane is a bewitching enigma that keeps him guessing for the rest of his life—until, finally, it all makes sense.

Rich with the warmth of a bygone era, Crazy captures both the giddy craziness of youth—and the sublime possibilities of existence.

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About William Peter Blatty

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William Peter Blatty is a writer and filmmaker. The Exorcist, written in 1971, is his magnum opus; he also penned the subsequent screenplay, for which he won an Academy Award. His most recent works include the novels Elsewhere, Dimiter, and Crazy.
Published November 9, 2010 by Forge Books. 190 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror. Fiction

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There’s a certain vaudevillian flair to all his work, but it’s the sort of vaudeville that powers the absurdist despair of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot;

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Although Maggie is close to the perpetually dieting Brenda, a fellow real estate agent who aspires to become mayor of Birmingham, Maggie feels she doesn't have anyone — or much of anything — to live for.

Dec 12 2010 | Read Full Review of Crazy

Portland Book Review

Author William Peter Blatty, now in his 80s, is the author of such diverse works as the book The Exorcist (a theological horror drama) and the screenplay for A Shot in the Dark (featuring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau).

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