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By John Lahr

Hailed as a travel de strength through the hot York instances, this impossible to resist novel captures John Lahr's madcap genius. Meet Benny Walsh: busboy on the abode eating place in long island urban by way of day, compulsive autograph hunter through evening. identified for going to outstanding lengths for a much-coveted signature, Benny can be knotted up with an actress and fellow autograph hound named Gloria, and drawn into an embittered conflict together with his archenemy, a headwaiter with a grudge. Lahr's acclaimed debut novel captures one wild week in Benny's lifestyles. it's an advent to a brilliantly drawn and made up our minds personality who will stick with you lengthy after the ultimate web page.

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