Pretend All Your Life by Joseph L. Mackin

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In the eerie winter after New York's most famous day, enigmatic egoist Dr. Richard Gallin has no end of troubles. A success on his own terms Park Avenue plastic surgeon, father, art collector, libertine Gallin is suddenly hard-pressed to hold on to his place in a post-9/11 world he hardly recognizes.

And it's not just Richard Gallin whose identity is in flux. The turmoil in New York has tilted the surface of the world's greatest city, and everybody is scrambling for opportunity. Take the enterprising journalist seeking strange justice, the Wall Street dissembler hoping for new life, a Nicaraguan rebel conjuring his American dream, the beautiful wife trapped by her perfect penthouse sky...

Twists ensue that only the unleashed desires of these human hearts could produce as someone close asks Gallin to do something he could never be prepared to do. Just as he asks another to do what was previously unthinkable.

Pretend All Your Life takes place in just six days, during which the dilemmas these characters face echo many of the major questions of our time about responsibility, beauty, identity, ambition, and love. An incisive, surprise-filled portrait of a place and a people on the verge, this is an unforgettable debut novel that resounds with life at a defining moment in history.
 

About Joseph L. Mackin

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JOSEPH MACKIN received an MA in Literature from New York University, and has studied writing at Yale and at the IEN in Barcelona, Spain. He was the original Internet editor of The Paris Review, and has since developed a number of successful Internet ventures. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Permanent Press. 196 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He first replied, “I review books because I want desperately to read them—they’re books or writers who mean something to me, say something to me.” But of course one needn’t review books in order to read them.

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In a more innocent time in New York City, before the 9/11 catastrophe, Richard Gallin cavalierly counseled his under-achieving son, “Pretend to be a thing all your life and at the end of your life, that is what you will have been.”.

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He first replied, “I review books because I want desperately to read them—they’re books or writers who mean something to me, say something to me.” But of course one needn’t review books in order to read them.

Aug 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Pretend All Your Life

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