The Day the Bozarts Died by Larry Duberstein

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Stanley Noseworthy is, at best, a serial monogamist. At worst, a faithless rake. Now his record- breaking long-term lover ("1001 better-than-Arabian nights") Nina, is fed up with his "inimitable bull%#$#" and threatening to end their relationship. "Show us there is some good in you," Stanley's best friend urges. "Show us there is a brain." But Stanley's decisions do not tend to be made by his brain.

He has profoundly mixed feelings about losing Nina, for he is nothing if not a profoundly mixed (up) fellow. Stanley is either a dedicated artist or a posturing fraud, a charming rogue or a shallow lothario, tragic victim or pathetic loser-- or all of the above. (Vote Online!" Stanley might well say to this, for he is always prepared to satirize his own life as sharply as the life around him.)

Meanwhile, Stanley's beloved artist's cooperative, The "Hotel Beaux-Arts" (hence Bozarts) to its inhabitants, is also under threat. Since its endowment a quarter-century ago by the august Canterbury Institute of Technology, the "Bozarts" has had a frequently glorious, always rambunctious, character-rich history. Lately, mysteriously, it has been dwindling toward extinction.

Stanley (who may or may not be paranoid) fears the reason for this is either that the Institute wants its building back for more profitable use, or that George W. Bush has declared an end to Art and Thought in America -- or both of the above.

In The Day The Bozarts Died, we follow the many rich strands of Stanley's Tale through hilarity, absurdity, and wrenching sadness to an unexpectedly moving conclusion.

About Larry Duberstein

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Duberstein's prose has been called "fire stolen from Heaven" and his irony "laugh-out-loud funny." His rich sense of place (here, the lakes and hill-towns of the Monadnock region) "puts other novelists to shame" an his characters are "distinctive and appealing." The Mt. Monadnock Blues is a worthy addition to a body of work which includes two New American Writing Awards, a New York Times "New & Noteworthy" citation and a New York Times Notable Book, The Handsome Sailor.
Published November 30, 2006 by Permanent Press. 167 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The arrival of a new tenant at the Bozarts, lovely young Rose Gately, sets the action, as Stanley identifies her as “my next true love,” thereby upsetting his “current true love,” Nina, who very soon kicks him out.

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aspect of Stan's romantic travails, the book lacks a central plot, but Duberstein (The Marriage Hearse ) presents an entertaining tableaux of fractious minor artists (painter Monk Barrett, sculptor Arnie Cloud and installation artist Carla Freemantle, among others) trying do their work while mana...

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