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Publisher's Summary

Meet Louis Ives: well-groomed, romantic, and as captivating as an F. Scott Fitzgerald hero. Only this hero has a penchant for ladies clothes, and he's lost his teaching post at Princeton's Pretty Brook Day School after an unfortunate incident involving a colleague's brassiere.Meet Henry Harrison: former actor, failed but brilliant playwright, and a well-seasoned escort for New York City's women of means. He dances alone to Ethel Merman records, second-acts operas, and performs his scrappy life with the dignity befitting a self-styled man of the world. What can this ageless Don Quixote of the Upper East Side have to offer a young gentleman such as Louis? What, indeed.
Well, the answer lies somewhere between the needs of an irascible mentor and the education of his eager apprentice, between cocktails on the Upper East Side and an even more intoxicating treat along the secret fringes of Times Square, and between friendship and longing.
©1998 Jonathan Ames; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A miracle....This novel is not to be missed." (Booklist)
"A sure-footed exploration of sexual confusion and a loopily elegant, surprisingly moving urban comedy of manners." (The New York Times Book Review)
"By updating the moral education of a young gentleman, Ames has written a Bildungsroman for the end of our century." (The Washington Post)
"Ames has the one thing Fitzgerald lacked: a sense of humor...The Extra Man wins us over with its sheer energy and good will, its confidence in the ability of its own humor and intelligence to widen our ideas about the possibilities of love, and about the permissible range of inner and outer lives to which today's young gentleman may properly aspire. (The New York Observer)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 04-11-07

A Classic-to-be

Though this charming novel boasts many elements that typical readers might not normally find endearing--drag queens, a WASPY-Jewish fancier of outmoded gentlemanly ideals, a filthy New York apartment--"The Extra Man" is an undiscovered modern classic. Ames writes about taboo topics with a mixture of panache and vulnerability to utterly charming results. Henry Harrison, the aged/ageless man-about-town and centerpiece of the novel, is one of the most memorable and endearing characters I've encountered in a work of fiction in years, and Ames' excellent reading of the Harrison part only adds to the appeal of this recording. One warning: while Ames writes about perversions with delicacy and care, this book is not for prudes.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Delaney Faulk on 08-27-17

The Reader Ruins It

Would you try another book from Jonathan Ames and/or Jonathan Ames?

Jonathan Ames read his book and is a terrible, terribly slow narrator who got on my nerves right away. I might try another if he didn't read it.

Would you recommend The Extra Man to your friends? Why or why not?

No - for reasons stated. Ames wrecks his own book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

H e r e a d s r e a l l y s l o w l y

Any additional comments?

Please let Ames know that he has talent as a writer -- not as a reader

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-02-16


this performance and story really draws you in. Johnathan Ames reading his own novel works perfectly. an unusual but compelling novel which I was sorry to finish

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-07-15

Don't waste a credit.

I really couldn't connect with any of the characters in this book. Downloaded as a freebie a few months ago and only just got around to listening to it. I read a lot of books and am open to all kinds of subjects and experiences be they real or fictional but the sexual content of this book just made me feel uncomfortable. Narration by the author was very slow and boring. A real struggle to finish this. Don't waste your credit.

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