Vincent Nolan, a young neo-Nazi, walks into the Manhattan office of 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. But what is Maslow to make of this rough-looking stranger who says that his mission is to save guys like him from becoming guys like him? As he gradually changes, Vincent also transforms those around him; including Maslow; Bonnie Kalen, a devoted believer in Maslow's crusade against intolerance and injustice; and her teenage son, Danny. Masterfully plotted, darkly comic, A Changed Man illuminates the everyday transactions in our lives, exposing what remains invisible in plain sight. Remarkable for the author's tender sympathy for her characters, A Changed Man poses the essential questions: What constitutes a life worth living? Is it possible to change? The fearless intelligence, wit, and humanity that inform this novel make it Francine Prose' most accomplished yet.More
The gritty and robust voice of veteran performer Eric Conger is the perfect mate for the subject matter in Francine Prose's A Changed Man. With a confident energy, Conger brings to life the story of Vincent Nolan and his valiant attempt at personal reformation. Francine Prose is at the top of her game here as she finds sympathy for Nolan, a young neo-Nazi, and has orchestrated a beautifully plotted story where one man's desire for change can have a dramatic effect on those around him. A Changed Man is an unusual look at some of our most essential struggles, and this production only enhances its importance.
"Prose tears into this unusual premise with the piercing wit that has become her trademark....Her lively skewering of a whole cross-section of society ensures that this tale hits comic high notes even as it probes serious issues." (Publishers Weekly)
"Riotously funny....Like novelist Richard Russo, Prose uses humor to light up key social issues, to skewer smugness, and to create characters whose flaws only add to their depth and richness. This may well be Prose's best novel to date." (Booklist)
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A Changed Man is unpredictable
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