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Bandbox (Paperback)

Author:  Thomas Mallon
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0156029979
ISBN-13: 9780156029971
Sku: 39602766
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  303
Age Range:  NA
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A new, gleeful exuberance infuses Mallon's latest novel, in which he turns his talent for fastidious historical detail (Dewey Defeats Truman, etc.) to the elaboration of a comedy of errors set in Manhattan during the 1920s.
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In Jazz Age New York, Jehoshaphat "Joe" Harris and his offbeat employees battle a sabotaged fiction contest, the NYPD vice squad, the kidnapping of a subscriber, and a gorgeous but murderous film actress cover girl as they struggle to outwit a new competitor to save their popular magazine, Bandbox. By the author of Dewey Defeats Truman.
"Cuddles Houlihan got clipped by the vodka bottle as it exited the pneumatic tube. . . ." With that bottle we enter Bandbox, a hugely successful magazine of the 1920s, run by bombastic Jehoshaphat "Joe" Harris. Harris's most ambitious protégé ("the bastard son he never had") has just defected to run the competition, plunging Bandbox into a newsstand death struggle. The magazine's fight for survival will soon involve a sabotaged fiction contest, the vice squad, a subscriber's kidnapping, and a film-actress cover subject who makes the heroines of Chicago look like the girls next door. While Harris and his magazine careen from comic crisis to make-or-break calamity, the reader races from skyscraper to speakeasy.

Thomas Mallon has given us a madcap romp of a book that brilliantly portrays Manhattan in the gaudiest American decade of them all.

It's the mid-1920s, and Joe Harris is the editor of a Manhattan-based men's magazine called Bandbox. Now a rival has sprung up, Cutaway, and its editor is an ex-Bandboxer named Jimmy Gordon. The two publications and their reporters and writers, along with various wives, husbands, girlfriends, hangers on, and even Calvin Coolidge, take part in a series of events--comic, tragic, and in between--that comprise a vibrant portrait of pre-Depression New York City.


Kirkus Reviews
"Manhattan period melodrama, handled with roguish finesse....BANDBOX pulses with a comic energy and detail reminiscent of T. C. Boyle at his most entertainingly manic: it's a wonderful ride, and a quantum leap beyond Mallon's earlier fiction." 11/01/2003

New York Times Book Review
"BANDBOX is slight but enjoyable, with enough sweet froth to put a mustache on the most finicky sipper. Readers who know little or nothing of the tempestuous teapot struggles in the New York magazine world will be gratified by the period detail as well as the pace....Mallon's good humored, romping scenes...charm us into accepting the old illusions--that the good guys get the girls, hatchets get buried and everything at last comes out right." - Sven Birkerts 01/04/2003

New Yorker
"[F]izzy....[A]ntic, stylized, and uptempo. The dialogue has a Kaufman-and-Hart crackle, and the story boasts more Lotharios, floozies, mobsters, and wised-up dames than an M-G-M double feature." 01/19/2004

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0303
Product attributePublisher:   Harvest Books
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