Him Her Him Again The End of Him by Patricia Marx

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Patricia Marx is one of the finest comic writers of her time, as readers of The New Yorker and fans of Saturday Night Live already know. Her fiction debut is an endlessly entertaining comic novel about one woman's romantic fixation on her first boyfriend.

Marx's unabashedly neurotic heroine falls for philosopher Eugene Obello during her graduate school days in Cambridge, England. Why would anyone fall for a man who receives a grant to pursue Ego Studies? Why would that person remain obsessed, even after this guy marries and becomes a father? By "obsessed," we mean, well...sex and lusting and longing and hoping and waiting for this cad who is spread too thin. Her friends loathe him. Why can't she drop him? Is it because she was the only virgin on campus before she bumped into Eugene (a man who was hardly a virgin)? Is it because he kept a copy of the Magna Carta in his pocket? "You know what I think it really was?" she reflects. "He was a narcissist. I love narcissists...you don't have to buoy them up." When things get unbearable, our girl gives up trying to write her thesis -- and tries to give up on Eugene. She says good-bye to her dormitory room, decorated in a color she calls veal, and becomes a TV writer in New York on the hit sketch-comedy show Taped But Proud. Coincidentally, Eugene moves to New York as well -- to teach a seminar called "Toward a Philosophy of the Number Two" ("And if that goes well," he says, "they might let me have a go at the number three"). More years of lusting and longing, hoping and waiting. Until a spectacular event changes everything.

About Patricia Marx

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Patricia Marxis a former writer forSaturday Night Livewhose work has appeared inThe New Yorker, Timemagazine, andThe New York Times,among other publications. The eirst woman elected to theHarvard Lampoon,she is the author of humor books (such asHow to Regain Your VirginityandYou Can Never Go Wrong by Lying)and children's books (such asNow Everybody Really Hates MeandMeet My Staƒƒ).She lives in New York City and can take a baked potato out of the oven with her bare hand.Please visit www.himherhimagain.com.
Published January 1, 2007 by Scribner. 258 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A former Saturday Night Live writer and regular contributor of humor pieces to the New Yorker, Marx hasn’t written a novel so much as erected a narrative scaffold that’s just sturdy enough to contain all the gags she crams in, and there are some great one-liners like, “Dysfunctional families work...

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You know that woman friend of yours who has been inexplicably, miserably, annoyingly hung up on the wrong guy for years — or has it been a decade?

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Publishers Weekly

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Marx's unnamed protagonist, a Baltimore native turned Cambridge University graduate student, is struggling with her thesis on West Indian immigration when she meets Eugene Obello, fresh from Princeton and at Cambridge on a philosophy teaching fellowship.

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Entertainment Weekly

The plot of Him Her Him Again The End of Him — a grad-school dropout obsessed with an unworthy wife-cheater — might incline you to roll your chick-lit-weary eyes.

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USA Today

The unnamed narrator of Him Her Him Again the End of Him has never read He's Just Not That Into You or Smart Women, Foolish Choices.Or if she did, she clearly wasn't paying attention.When the object of our narrator's obsession a pompous twit with remarkably little charm named Eugene Obello firs...

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Marx, the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon, lampoons love, academia, even the typeface her novel is published in.

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Red Room

our narrator is an Oxford graduate student who idolizes Sylvia Plath, loves books for the simple sake of having them in her room, and would much rather change her focus of study several times rather than actually focus on the art of studying.

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