Kissing in Manhattan by David Schickler

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Hilarious, sexy, and deeply tender, Kissing in Manhattan was one of the most celebrated debuts in recent years. Acclaimed author David Schickler’s collection of linked stories follows a troupe of love-hungry urbanites through a charmed metropolis and into the Preemption--a mythic Manhattan apartment building. The Preemption sets the stage for a romantic fantasy as exuberant, dark, and dazzling as the city it occupies. Behind closed doors, the paths of an improbable cast of tenants--a seductive perfume heiress; a crabby, misunderstood actor; a preternaturally sharp-sighted priest--tangle and cross, while a perilous love triangle builds around three characters:

James Branch, a shy young accountant with an unusual love for the Preemption’s antique elevator, and a strange destiny...

Patrick Rigg, a Wall Street lothario who soothes his pain by seducing
beautiful women, carrying a gun, and attending the nightly sermons of a foreboding priest...

Rally McWilliams, a fetching, hopeful young writer who roams the city at night, searching for the soulmate she believes in but can’t find...

Charged with joy and a deadly sense of humor, Kissing in Manhattan is a daring new writer’s vision of a world where men and women, good and evil, love and sex, meet, battle, and embrace on every street corner.

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About David Schickler

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David Schickler is the author of the bestselling story collection Kissing in Manhattan and the novel Sweet and Vicious. He has been published by Zoetrope, Tin House, and The New Yorker, among others. He is the co-creator and executive producer of the Cinemax action series Banshee. He lives in New York.
Published August 27, 2002 by Delta. 262 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But celebration gives way to terror when Rigg discovers that his favorite woman—none other than the travel writer, Rally McWilliams—has fallen for Rigg's roommate, introvert accountant James Branch.

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Rigg discovers Rally's love for James and her subsequent deflection from the harem and he decides that the gun he carries must challenge all of life's absurdities by killing James Branch.

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“Checkers and Donna,” the first of 13 stories in David Schickler’s collection, Kissing in Manhattan, floored me with its originality and edginess.

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