Tenorman by David Huddle

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Mixing fictional and real-life jazz greats, a novella recounts the life of an aging saxophone player as seen by a researcher and jazz fan, who persuades him to leave his native Switzerland and come to the U.S. IP.

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David Huddle's fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Esquire, Harper's Magazine, Story, the New York Times Magazine, and The Best American Short Stories. Among his books of short fiction are Tenorman, Intimates, and Only the Little Bone. The recipient of two NEA fellowships, he teaches writing at the University of Vermont and is on the Faculty of the Board Loaf School of English. The author currently resides in Burlington, Vermont.
Published September 1, 1995 by Chronicle Books. 121 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The plan goes well for saxist Carnes, who at 61 enters a fertile period, and for project director McKernan, who declares Carnes ``a major American artist.'' The reader, though, fares less happily, chafing at McKernan's decidedly unhip narrative voice (``Live jazz so intoxicates me that I become h...

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Henry and Marianne listen and learn, gaining, by contrast, insight into their unsatisfying lives by listening to Carnes and Thelma talk about theirs.

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