The Kept Man by Jami Attenberg

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Now in paperback, from the author of the bestselling The Middlesteins: the novel that's "unabashedly emotional, refreshingly devoid of New York City cynicism, and tenderly funny?" (People).

Jarvis Miller's artist husband has been in a coma for six years. And so, Jarvis has spent these years suspended between hope and grief, paralyzed with longing for a life and a marriage that are slipping away. But then, unexpectedly, Jarvis makes her first new friends in years when she meets the Kept Man Club: three men whose lifestyles are funded by their successful wives, who gather once a week on laundry day. With their help, she reawakens to the city beyond her Brooklyn apartment, past the pitying eyes of her husband?s art dealer and his irresponsible best friend as her future begins to take on the irresistible tingles of possibility for the first time in almost a decade. When a shocking discovery casts a different light on her idealized marriage, she's propelled even further down a path that she would never have dared to imagine just months before. Tender, bold, and unabashed, The Kept Man is a compulsively readable novel about love and loss from one of our most dynamic new storytellers.


About Jami Attenberg

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Jami Attenberg is the author of a story collection, Instant Love, and two novels, The Kept Man and The Melting Season. She has contributed essays and criticism to The New York Times, Print, Nylon, Time Out New York, BookForum, Nerve, and many other publications. She lives in New York and is originally from Chicago.
Published December 27, 2007 by Riverhead. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Said agent, by the way, delivers some of Attenberg’s sharpest humor, as when she bitches about her earth-motherish assistant: “…she’s a little too, I don’t know, vagina for my tastes.” Having reluctantly become the Ethel Kennedy of the demimonde, Jarvis attends pity parties thrown by Martin’s riv...

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In this lugubrious first novel from Brooklynite Attenberg (Instant Love ), Jarvis Miller is a young, pretty “half-widow” in the Williamsburg neighborhood.

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San Francisco Chronicle

"The Kept Man," Jami Attenberg's first novel, is the story of Jarvis Miller, a young New Yorker temporarily undone by the loss of her artist husband.

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Jarvis Miller has been languishing ever since her successful artist husband, Martin, went into a coma six years ago.

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