Gotham Tragic by Kurt Wenzel
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Kyle Clayton struck it big over a decade ago with his debut novel; since then he's had hardly a sober moment. Now he's fallen in love with a Turkish woman, and in order to marry her, he must convert to Islam. Erin Wyatt is a waitress at Manhattan's hottest restaurant, City.She had an affair with Kyle during his drunken decade, and while he can't remember a thing about it, she certainly does. Investment tycoon Lonny Tumin, the owner of City, is wildly rich, but-it being New York-not rich enough. Before GOTHAM TRAGIC is done, Clayton will write a story about his conversion that will result in militant Muslims declaring a fatwa against him. Erin will discover that her aunt may have written a manuscript proving the existence of God. Tumin will concoct a totally fictitious Internet company and launch a wildly successful IPO. And Syeed Salaam, the doorman at City, will decide that the fatwa against Clayton must be carried out, no matter the cost. Brilliantly plotted, GOTHAM TRAGIC is a pitch-perfect send-up of money and celebrity culture. It's not a black comedy so much as a red, white, and blue one, and the next big step forward for a writer whose gifts are as impressive as the Manhattan skyline.
 

About Kurt Wenzel

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Kurt Wenzel was born in 1965 in Sayreville, New Jersey. After graduating from Rutgers University, Wenzel spent time in Europe and then moved to New York to pursue his writing career. After writing screenplays for several years, Wenzel became disillusioned with the film industry and tried his hand at fiction. He is now a staff writer for PrivyMagazine.com and divides his time between his homes in Manhattan and East Hampton, New York.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Little, Brown. 482 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Erin is now waiting tables at the city’s hottest eatery, City, owned by Loomy Tumin, a blindingly rich investor who has a thing for Erin and who’s going to be interviewed by Clayton for a Talk-esque magazine.

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Wenzel's funny, acerbic second novel chronicles the bubble period of the late 1990s in New York, a time when the city was awash in money, CEOs were still masters of the universe and restaurants were the new nightclub.

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USA Today

In Kurt Wenzel's second novel, Gotham Tragic, writer Kyle Clayton stumbles from the publishing world to Wall Street in a cunningly written send-up of New York life that's both witty and unsettling.As in Wenzel's first novel, Lit Life, Clayton is having trouble earning a living as a writer.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Writing a book about peoples' ability to destroy their own lives and the lives around them is nothing new to the genre - even though many find it appealing.

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Wenzel may have overreached a little bit-not many writers are qualified to tackle such a sensitive issue like Muslim violence in a comedic novel-but ultimately he has created a fine set of characters, an intriguing web of situations, and even if he doesn't quite pull it all off, he has written a ...

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So go the controversial words of author Kyle Clayton, the star of Kurt Wenzel's quick moving new novel Gotham Tragic, the sequel to his debut Lit Life.

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