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A Changed Man

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Author: Francine Prose

Genre: Literary Fiction
Format: E-book
Pub. Date: 13th July 2006

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One spring afternoon, a young neo-Nazi named Vincent Nolan walks into the Manhattan office of the World Brotherhood Watch, a human rights foundation headed by a charismatic Holocaust survivor, Meyer Maslow. Vincent announces that he wants to make a radical change in his life. His mission? To save guys like him from becoming guys like him.

And so they take him in - not without some trepidation. What are they to make of this rough-looking stranger who claims to have read Maslow's books, whilst at the same time sporting Waffen SS tattoos under his shirtsleeves?

Bonnie Kalem, the foundation's frazzled fund-raiser is semi-forced to take Vincent into her home - as if, as a divorced mother of two teenage sons, she hasn't got enough on her plate - but she knows, she believes, she has to believe, that this is all for a good cause and will work. Enter the neo-Nazi into family scenario.

Will Vincent be able to deal with becoming the foundation's poster-boy? And why does Maslow begins to question his own philanthropic goals?

With astute insight into the care and feeding of rich donors, the dynamics between work, adult, and family relationships and what it takes to turn an average man into a mini celebrity, Francine presents an absorbing story of changing views and values.

What Critics Have Said»

‘In this intelligent and humorous novel, Francine Prose offers something gentler, more teasing than satire … A Changed Man is wickedly entertaining, and Prose’s ironic gaze consistently laser-sharp.’The Independent

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‘Acerbic, intermittently funny satire which probes the ambiguities of moral choice.’Times Literary Supplement

‘Prose’s flair is for quite moments, and she can be funny.’The Guardian

‘A crowd pleaser of a novel: funny, moving, poignant and, unusually, not afraid to revel in the possibility that people, though liberally sprinkled with problems, are capable of becoming better.’The Big Issue

‘The anxieties, fantasies and botched-together political myths that lie behind organisations such as the “Aryan Resistance Movement”, from which Nolan has defected, constitute a subject worth investigating.’Sunday Times (Culture)

‘Seems to move fluidly through minefield territory … ability to negotiate controversy lightly.’The Scotsman

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