The Best a Man Can Get by John O'Farrell
A Novel of Fatherhood and its Discontents

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Michael Adams is a composer of advertising jingles who shares a bachelor pad with three other guys. He spends his days lying in bed (a minifridge positioned perfectly within reach) and playing trivia games with his underachieving roommates. And when he feels like it, Michael crosses the city and returns home to his unsuspecting wife and two small children. Michael is living a double life, stretching out his “wilting salad days” with imaginary business trips and fake deadlines while his wife enjoys the exhausting misery of the little ones. It’s the best thing for his marriage, Michael figures. She can care for the new loves of her life as it seems only she knows how, and he can sleep until the afternoon. Can this double life continue indefinitely? In The Best a Man Can Get, best-selling comic novelist John O’Farrell takes readers on a dark romp through the soul of the contemporary male, torn between eternal adolescence and the very real demands of fatherhood. It’s wry, witty, and surprisingly charming.
 

About John O'Farrell

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John O'Farrell has been a writer for the satirical television show "Spitting Image "and on the film "Chicken Run" and is a regular columnist for "The Independent "(London). His nonfiction book on the futility of being a Labour Party supporter, Things Can Only Get Better," "was a #1 "Sunday Times "bestseller in Great Britain. He lives in Clapham, England, with his wife and two children-when he isn't "working.
 
Published March 15, 2010 by Grove Press. 307 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Are the wife and kids getting you down, taking up too much of your leisure time, disturbing your beauty rest? Pretend you're single, rent an apartment and sleep there instead. O'Farrell'

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The Best a Man Can Get John O'Farrell 271pp, Doubleday £10 Buy it at BOL In this age of disposable literature, it's refreshing to find a novel that is wittily aware of its own ephemerality.

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The Best a Man Can Get John O'Farrell Doubleday £10, pp271 John O'Farrell has written satire for Spitting Image, jokes to liven up Gordon Brown's speeches and an account of 18 miserable years in the life of a Labour supporter, Things Can Only Get Better.

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Knowing he may never realize his dream of being a rock musician, Mike justifies his double life—renting an apartment in Balham with college student Jim, porn addict Simon and shy Paul—by stressing that his long separations from Catherine solidify their marriage by keeping Mike sane.

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THE BEST A MAN CAN GET, by John O'Farrell, Broadway Books, 260 pages, $12.95 (paperback) With three parts wit and one part magic, John O'Farrell manages to make likable an otherwise utterly despicable character.

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"I felt," says our hero heel, "like a man having an affair, only it wasn't an affair with a younger woman, it was an affair with a younger version of myself."

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