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Two Guys from Verona: A Novel of Suburbia

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Highly acclaimed on its publication and selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year, Two Guys from Verona is a rare breed of novel, striking a powerful chord across the nation and making James Kaplan the unexpected voice of a generation. It's the fall of 1999 in the plush New Jersey suburbs, and Will and Joel are fortyish, friends since the second grade. W ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Atlantic Monthly Press
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I like to read take-offs of Shakespeare plays, so I picked up this novel from the public library for 50 cents a couple of years ago thinking it might be a modern version of Two Gentlemen of Verona. Wrong! There were no parallels between the two stories that I could pick up except for a couple of names; the title, was probably used as a clue that this love story was about two modern-day suburbanites--rather than upper class, elite men,looking for love or sex while struggling to balance the needs ...more
Kaplan's story revolves around two high school friends whose lives enter a period of tremendous flux and introspection after they attend their 25th reunion. Joel, a seemingly down-and-out sub-shop employee, learns to let go of his own ubiquitously haunting past. His best friend Will, a "successful" business man, learns to stop living for an uncertain future and to embrace the past, which he has tucked away and made every effort to forget.

The main characters are full and well-rounded, however Kap
I love novels set in the suburbs. I've read this one several times in the past few years and it never disappoints. Mr. Kaplan captures the moodiness of the planned community as well as the gerbil wheel memories of those living in them...with a twist. Very entertaining.
I did not get very far in this book so it is still on the shelf to read.
This book was an absolute waste of time. I didn't finish it.
Gave up in the middle of chapter 3. Boooooooring.
Notcathy J
"Great endpapers--somewhat less great novel"
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James Kaplan is a novelist and nonfiction writer whose essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and New York. He coauthored John McEnroes autobiography, You Cannot Be Serious, a number-one New York Times bestseller, and coauthored the bestselling Dean and Me with Jerry Lewis. He lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife a ...more
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