What's Wrong with Dorfman? A Novel by John Blumenthal

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Meet Martin Dorfman: cynic, hypochondriac, and burned-out screenwriter. In the midst of navigating his latest film script through Hollywood Development Hell--an agonizing journey even for a healthy person-- the forty-year-old Dorfman wakes up one morning with a mysterious disease. After a battery of medical tests, his doctors conclude that he is in perfect health, but Dorfman is convinced he is dying and sets out on an odyssey to find a diagnosis.

Heralded by the Wall Street Journal as "a funny and surprisingly moving story written at the intersection of shtick and angst," What's Wrong With Dorfman? follows Dorfman into the lunatic fringes of alternative medicine, where he encounters his innermost demons, as well as the beguiling Delilah Foster, a fellow hypochondriac. Will Dorfman find a cure? Will his movie get made? Will he run away with Delilah Foster? And most importantly, what indeed is wrong with Dorfman?

More than just the plight of one man, What's Wrong with Dorfman? reflects the angst of modern society and asks the question "Aren't we all a little nuts?
 

About John Blumenthal

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John Blumenthal's humorous essays have appeared in such publications as Playboy and Punch. In addition to several novels and nonfiction books, he has also written for the movies and television. He lives in Southern California with his family and is at work on a new novel.
 
Published May 20, 2000 by Farmer Street Press. 232 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Unfortunately, Dorfman's ailments prove severely limiting as a vehicle for an entire novel, and the closest Blumenthal comes to developing a real plot is a series of scenes featuring Dorfman's screenplay, which undergoes a labyrinthine adventure of its own that involves a prominent Hollywood prod...

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""Like a cat treats a catbox,"" replies Dorfman.) But Blumenthal's real feat is the sneaky, unexpected way he adds depth to Dorfman's hypochondriacal plight, distracting the reader with one-liners until it suddenly becomes clear that this is, in fact, a very serious book.

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Yes, they had several books of his, and so, while I was waiting for my copy of WHAT'S WRONG WITH DORFMAN?, I read the two books that were available.

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