The Catsitters by James Wolcott
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Bartender by day, actor by night, Johnny Downs cheerfully floats through life, living alone with his jukebox and his cat. Blindsided when his dazzling girlfriend dumps him, Johnny is wounded, stunned, and, most of all, clueless.

You're like most men -- oblivious, says his friend Darlene. Her diagnosis: Johnny is doomed to be rejected by every woman he desires as long as he clings to his outmoded bachelor ways. Darlene puts him on a rigorous crash course to re-brand himself as husband material. But does Darlene really have his best interests at heart? And who are all these catsitters that keep coming into his life?


About James Wolcott

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Wolcott is the literary critic for Vanity Fair. He is also been a staff writer at the Village Voice, Esquire, Harper's, and The New Yorker.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Johnny Downs, a thirtysomething “actor slash bartender,” has just been dumped again, this time by his go-getting girlfriend Nicole, who commits the sin of sins: forgetting to feed Johnny’s cherished cat, Slinky, while Johnny was visiting family down in Maryland.

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Darlene's boundless supply of advice—and Johnny's gullible acceptance of it—positions the novel as the male counterpart to Melissa Bank's Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing.

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Film critic turned screenwriter and director Paul Schrader, whose credits include Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, and Affliction, once remarked that he makes the sort of movies that he wouldn't have liked as a critic.

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About the only person I could imagine not recommending "The Catsitters" to would be someone like its author, James Wolcott.

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