Tearjerker

A Novel

By Hayes, Daniel F.

Publishers Summary:
Unhinged by years of rejection letters, an author plots a wild scheme to gain an editor's undivided attentionUntil I bought one, I'd never touched a gun, never stood in front of a full-length mirror pointing a gun at myself. Bang, bang. Mine was a Magnum .357 purchased in New Jersey, much more svelte than I'd imagined a gun could be. Evan Ulmer takes matters into his own hands after his writerly dreams of fame and recognition have stalled. He kidnaps renowned editor Robert Partnow and cages him in a basement equipped with a TV, a treadmill, and a Porta-John. Evan shares his desperation with Bob, Bob reveals his own unsavory secrets, and together they watch the media spin this situation into a lurid tale of abduction and infidelity. Blurring the boundaries between fiction and real life, cunning and sincerity, flirtation and true love, Tearjerker unfolds in startling directions that make the reader wonder along with Evan, "Was abduction a difficult and gutsy endeavor or, instead, the predictable last resort of the desperately stupid?"In this darkly humorous debut novel, Daniel Hayes explores the human reality behind the tabloid headlines and the pathos of failure and yearning in a culture of high-stakes celebrity.

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ISBN
978-1-55597-409-1
Publisher
Graywolf Press


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Reviewed on October 1, 2004

Depressed, rejected would-be author Evan Ulmer gets desperate and kidnaps an editor named Bob Parthnow, whom he locks in his basement. There they bicker, banter (Evan even corrects Bob's grammar), and watch TV news shows together. Concurrently, Evan begins a relationship with Promise, a girl he has met at the lo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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