A Changed Man
- 448 Pages
- On-Sale Date: 02/28/2006
- ISBN: 9780060560034
- Reading Guide
- Trim Size: 5.313in x 8.000in x 1.009in
“Francine Prose has a knack for getting to the heart of human nature. . . . We are allowed to enter the moral dilemmas of fascinating characters whose emotional lives are strung out by the same human frailties, secrets and insecurities we all share.” —USA Today
One spring afternoon, Vincent Nolan, a young neo-Nazi walks into the office of a human rights foundation headed by Meyer Maslow, a charismatic Holocaust survivor. Vincent announces that he wants to make a radical change. But what is Maslow to make of this rough-looking stranger with Waffen SS tattoos who says that his mission is to save guys like him from becoming guys like him?
As Vincent gradually turns into the sort of person who might actually be able to do that, he also begins to transform everyone around him, including Maslow himself. Masterfully plotted, darkly comic, A Changed Man poses essential questions about human nature, morality, and the capacity for change, illuminating the everyday transactions, both political and personal, in our lives.
Francine Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction, including Mister Monkey; the New York Times bestseller Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her works of nonfiction include Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, and a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, she is a former president of PEN American Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in New York City.
“Mercilessly funny.” - Janet Maslin, New York Times
“American literature’s finest satirist of professionals with problems . . . Prose knows the territory and tweaks it deliciously.” - Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Powerful, funny, and exquisitely nuanced . . . This story has a continental sweep.” - New York Times Book Review
“Timely and clever . . . Prose carries us along on the sheer energy of her sentences.” - Chicago Tribune
“Well-crafted and insightful.” - San Francisco Chronicle
“A novel of ideas, and provocative ones. Class--the dirty American secret--is no secret to Prose.” - Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review
“[A] brilliant new comic novel . . . Prose’s sense of humor is as keen as ever.” - Miami Herald
“Piercing wit... This tale hits comic high notes even as it probes serious issues.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Francine Prose is back with a powerful new novel about the possibility of starting over.” - Harper's Bazaar
“This book has it all: great characters, dark humor, a racing plot and important themes.” - Newsday
“[An] artfully structured novel . . . [with] a selection of showstopping literary set pieces.” - Entertainment Weekly
“Pitch-perfect and nuanced . . . We can’t wait to crawl into bed with this book every night.” - New York Observer