What Is This Thing Called Love? by Gene Wilder

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The actor and novelist answers this eternal question twelve ways, in stories that explore our most complicated emotion

This is a winning collection from an author writing on his favorite topic: love. Each emotionally involving story illuminates a different kind of love: star-crossed, intense, needy, eternal, unrequited, even comical. Wilder's protagonists will be instantly recognizable to his fans: men and women who stumble into relationships that can fulfill them or knock them out cold. Which one it will be depends, often, on the smallest of gestures or reactions. Wilder's stories include:

• "In Love for the First Time," about a lover so shy and studious that he's a "funny duck" who has to be led by the hand by his equally inexperienced girlfriend

• "About Being in Love," featuring coarse but charming Buddy Silverman, who yearns for connection but looks for it in exactly the wrong kind of woman

• "The Woman in the Red Hat," who shows a writer who has only explored love in his books what the real thing feels like.


About Gene Wilder

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GENE WILDER has been acting since he was thirteen.  He was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Leo Bloom in The Producers, which led to Blazing Saddles and then to another Academy Award nomination for writing Young Frankenstein.  Wilder lives in Connecticut with his wife, Karen.
Published March 30, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 173 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In three of the 12 stories, the protagonist is the hapless Buddy Silberman (to whom Wilder dedicates the collection as his cousin, “who really wanted love, but settled only for sex”), bumbling his way through various seductions and receiving a big surprise with the punch-line revelation of “The H...

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Wilder dedicates the book to his late cousin Buddy Silberman, whose romantic adventures are fictionalized in “The Birthday,” “My Old Flame,” and “The Hollywood Producer.” Each of Wilder’s stories sketches an infatuation or love affair, and many seem to channel the winsome, golly-gee quality of te...

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