Middle Men by Jim Gavin
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Gavin’s stories have loose-limbed, unforced structures that at first seem casually episodic but that turn out to reveal moving juxtapositions.
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A powerful, funny, and wise debut from a writer Esquire praises as “the second coming of Denis Johnson.”

In this widely acclaimed story collection, Jim Gavin delivers a hilarious and panoramic vision of California, in which a number of down-on-their-luck men, from young dreamers to old vets, make valiant forays into middle-class respectability. Each of the men in Gavin’s stories is stuck somewhere in the middle, caught halfway between his dreams and the often crushing reality of his life. A work of profound humanity that pairs moments of high comedy with searing truths about life’s missed opportunities, Middle Men brings to life unforgettable characters as they learn what it means to love and work and exist in the world as a man.

Hailed as a “modern-day Dubliners” (Time Out ) and “reminiscent of Tom Perotta’s best work” (The Boston Globe), this stellar debut has the Los Angeles Review of Books raving, “Middle Men deserves its hype and demonstrates a top-shelf talent. . . . A brilliant sense of humor animates each story and creates a state of near-continuous reading pleasure.”
 

About Jim Gavin

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Jim Gavin’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Esquire, Slice, The Mississippi Review, and ZYZZYVA. He lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published February 19, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 257 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Marisa Silver on Mar 22 2013

Gavin’s stories have loose-limbed, unforced structures that at first seem casually episodic but that turn out to reveal moving juxtapositions.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Feb 19 2013

Like a meal, these stories appeal at once to all the senses, leaving the reader remarkably sated.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Feb 15 2013

Gavin builds a deep sense of intimacy with these character...Intelligent, funny and deeply empathetic, Gavin is a writer who already sounds like a defining modern voice for his sprawling turf.

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