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The Bones

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The Bones

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Seth Greenland
publisher:
Bloomsbury
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Greenland’s terrific first novel explores the midlife crisis of Frank Bones, a brilliant but self-destructive comedian who lives with a surgically enhanced B actress named Honey, cheats on her with a waitress named Candi, smokes crack, and calls everyone ”babe.” In his late 40s, he’s been offered what is probably his last shot at career security: the lead in a schlocky sitcom about an Eskimo. Meanwhile, Lloyd Melnick, a vastly over-paid TV writer, faces a different kind of midlife crisis: He wants to ditch his cushy life-style and produce some raw, original art. The plot takes a nosedive in the last third, but this smart TV-biz satire delivers not just laughs, but some real emotional insight into its diverse, vividly drawn characters.