Karoo by Steve Tesich
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Saul Karoo is a successful Hollywood script doctor, a fixer of flawed films, He is fifty, overweight, a heavy drinker and chain smoker. He is at an age when things break down, but he has not health insurance. His separation from his wife, Dianah, has become another form of marriage. His relationship with his son, Billy, a college student, is one of pure avoidance. He cannot free himself from the grip of the powerful producer Jay Cromwell. The unnecessay scenes that he has effortlessly cut from other people's screenplays seem to threaten his own life. But Saul Karoo is the ultimate fixer. He must find an emotional and intellectual solution-yet the one he chooses may in the end prove more deadly than the problems it was intended to solve. Hauntingly human, full of sadness and humor, recognizable in place and time, Karoo is a memorable creation.

About Steve Tesich

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Steve Tesich wrote many plays and screenplays, including Breaking Away and The World According to Garp. His first novel, Summer Crossing, was published in 1982. He died in 1996 at the age of fifty-three.
Published March 30, 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 416 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Original, hugely ambitious, seriocomic deathsong by the late Tesich (Summer Crossing, 1982), a screenwriting Oscar-winner for Breaking Away (1979).

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Early in this hilarious novel, readers will be laughing out loud, but Tesich is ultimately quite serious about reminding us that moments or years of unlove can never be set right. Wisecracking nar

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Wisecracking narrator Saul Karoo, a Hollywood script doctor living in New York, is a heavy drinker and smoker, a hypochondriac who refuses to get health insurance because he ""no longer has his health."" In the novel's opening scene, Karoo spends the last Christmas party of the 1980s wondering ho...

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Karoo is a modern classic, acclaimed by E.L.

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