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Tomcat in Love

by Tim O'Brien

Prepare to put everything on hold once you start this hilarious black comedy featuring 'Tomcat' Chippering, a verbose, self-deluding, serial womaniser who sets out to take revenge on his runaway ex-wife and her hairy, sun-tanned tycoon. It's a remarkable romp of a read, savagely funny, yet very touching. In my book Tomcat is destined to become the cult hero of the millennium.



Extract

I stood silent. Arguments, I knew, were useless. All I could do was wait - which I did - and after a few moments Herbie strolled over to our plywood airplane, picked it up, and carried it across the lawn. He placed it tail down against the garage.
'It's not a plane anymore', he said. 'It's a cross.'
'Cross how?' I asked.
'Like in the Bible,' said Herbie. 'A cross. Let's go get my sister. Lorna Sue - we'll nail her to it.'
'Okay,' I said.



Parallels

Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Marry Me by John Updike
 

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