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Alex seems to have it all: a great penthouse apartment, a lovely girlfriend, and a prestigious Wall Street job. But below the surface he is sure of nothing but his angst-ridden doubts. And when he realizes that his doorman may be God, or sent by God, he will question things like never before.

This novelette is a story of New York doormen, tormented love, empty office life,
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Kindle Edition, 37 pages
Published April 2nd 2014
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Anna- Maria Butucescu
May 29, 2014 Anna- Maria Butucescu rated it it was amazing
The Doorman is an enthralling, soulful tale with intertwined themes of identity, love and faith. Skilfully crafted, the story develops with one foot in reality and another in the surreal, a stance that gives rise to magnificent prose.
Symbolism -- as a form of foreshadowing -- adds texture to the story, with seemingly inconsequential details becoming chillingly relevant as the narrative unfolds.
Zack Love can write! His style, language and characters demonstrate, once again, his ability to chall
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Myriam
Apr 09, 2014 Myriam rated it it was amazing
Wow...where do I even begin? It's very hard for me to find a lot of mentally stimulating reads for me now a days. I read A LOT and I read A LOT of really great books and novellas, but NOT a lot that really make me think and grab my attention/curiosity like this short novelette by Zack Love did!!! As a former New Yorker myself and someone who lived through 9/11...this story really hit home! It was extremely well written, the editing and formatting were beautiful and the cover is amazing...one of ...more
N.M. Silber
Dec 10, 2014 N.M. Silber rated it it was amazing
What would you do if an elevator ride made you question your most fundamental beliefs? That is precisely the situation in which Alex, the narrator/protagonist finds himself in this intensely thought-provoking novelette. Following this Hero's Journey takes the reader on an exploration of the most profound questions posited by philosophers and sages throughout history.

The Doorman is a beautifully-written story, with theological underpinnings and mystical qualities, in which the author tackles such
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K.M. Golland
Aug 10, 2016 K.M. Golland rated it it was amazing
COGITATION AT ITS FINEST
Cogitation: the action of thinking deeply about something; contemplation. That’s what I performed after first finishing The Doorman. This story made me think, soul-search, question ideals that I hadn’t thought to question for a long time if not at all. And to be honest, I don’t feel it was the storyline alone that had me deliberating. You see, Zack’s writing has a tendency to make you cogitate. He takes you on a journey through life’s everyday events but leaves you ponde
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Lisa
Apr 02, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I love this author's work so i was excited to find out he had a new novelette due out, being priviledged to be given an advanced copy for an honest review, I read it and i can honestly say i was not disappointed.
It had me from the start wondering if the doorman (Lenny) and his predictions and time scales would be correct, however when the attack happened on Alex's place of work and how Lenny had kept him behind and made him late that day it brought up questions for Alex and me about Lenny and th
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Crystal Solis
Apr 15, 2014 Crystal Solis rated it it was amazing
Zack Love is known for his witty romantic comedy, Sex in the Title...however, this novelette is so different. It is about a man who is going through the motions of life with the awesome job, an apartment that anyone would love, and two women who adore him. He for all intents and purposes is living the dream, but something happens to change all of that. He is forced to re-evaluate his worth and goals in life. That's when tragedy strikes again on a larger scale causing him to question everything ...more
Anita Viccica - Toss
The Doorman is an inspiring and thought-provoking short story.
It struck a cord with me, especially since I live so close to NYC and could totally appreciate Alex' thoughts and reactions towards his experiences in the story.
For those of you who have read Zack Love's Sex in the Title, this novelette is a departure from Zack's witty, silly and humorous anecdotes, showcasing his amazing ability to write a thoughtful, deep and beautiful story.
If you haven't yet read any of Zack's works, I highly rec
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Angela Wallace
Apr 05, 2014 Angela Wallace rated it it was amazing
I'm posting this as my first reaction after reading The Doorman... I will come back to it, but I need a few days to process what I've read....

Bloody Hell...just finished "The Doorman".... wow............. speechless & have no idea how to write the review.... Bloody hell that was some deep shit! Wow!...smart, intelligent theories..my mind is ticking over.... I'm not usually lost for words...............

The Doorman, had ideas so complex, yet in a strange way so simple, that they made sense, if
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Ker Dukey author
Apr 02, 2014 Ker Dukey author rated it it was amazing

A thought provoking story, beautifully written! Like all this author's work. At one point it gave me chills and a little gasp.
Alex is a great character many of us can relate too, going through the motions. Living in the world of expectations, hard choices and evil that has everyone asking questions I'm sure we have all asked...
can't wait for more from this author.
Verna Loves Books
Apr 08, 2014 Verna Loves Books rated it it was amazing
I have to say for a short story this was one of the most Intelligent and insightful books I have ever read. I wish it had been longer because I just couldn’t get enough of it. Zack has done it again and outdone himself with this amazing book. The Doormen proves that Zack is one remarkable writer and I can’t wait to read more from him. The Doorman is Brilliant.

I absolutely loved Alex. He had so much to say and was always looking for more in everything he did. He just felt like he should be doing
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Amy
Sep 17, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
Dear Zack Love,

You should keep writing. Your books haunt the corners of my mind.

Love,
Amy Pope
Lisa Karafa
Sep 06, 2016 Lisa Karafa rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking story

The Doorman is a wonderfully thought provoking story. The writing is spot on, flows beautifully and allows the reader to make personal assessments by injecting them self into to the story as Alex. This is definitely a novella that could and should be picked up by book clubs as the opportunities for discussion are endless. The message is deep from a both an idealistic and pragmatic side. The premise of “What if God was one of us” (Yes I stole that from Joan Osborne) plays o
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Laura
Mar 29, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
A thought provoking short story that takes place during elevator rides to the penthouse apartment. Most conversations are light and cheerful. When 9/11 happens there is discussion of why God would allow such a tragedy. Alex wonders if Lenny is God,since he talked for so long that morning Alex was late for work.
I enjoyed this story.
I received this novelette as a gift from the author for my honest review.
United Indie Book Blog
Mar 30, 2014 United Indie Book Blog rated it it was amazing
A thought provoking short story that takes place during elevator rides to the penthouse apartment. Most conversations are light and cheerful. When 9/11 happens there is discussion of why God would allow such a tragedy. Alex wonders if Lenny is God,since he talked for so long that morning Alex was late for work.
I enjoyed this story.
I received this novelette as a gift from the author for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laura
Colleen Farrell
Apr 04, 2014 Colleen Farrell rated it it was amazing
Another of Zack Love's wonderful insightful reads.Its 5 stars from me,it left me asking a lot of Alex's questions. Lenny is a great character.A very well written novelette from a great author.
Shandra Torbett
Apr 05, 2014 Shandra Torbett rated it it was amazing
What if God were one of us?

Life is a series of choices. If one believes in the concept of Free Will, those choices are all up to us, as individuals, to make them; thus, our lives are comprised of one choice on one topic which leads to a second choice on a second topic which leads to a third and so on and so forth until we've made all the decisions that can be made in a lifetime---and that is our life. It's a string of 'yes or no' answers to questions we may not even be aware are being posed at t
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Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
This was my first piece of work I have read by Zack Love. I have been wanting to for what seems like forever. So I was so excited to get finally get to sit and read his work.

Alex has just landed a high paying new job on Wall Street and also has moved into a condo on a Fifth Street. Of course he likes having a high paying job but he wants to do something more meaningful. He works so much that he doesn't actually get to enjoy life so really what is the point of making so much money of you can't e
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Janet
May 01, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing
DIVINITY, SIMPLICITY, TRANQUILITY

ZACK LOVE has captured our minds yet again,
So, listen up, take note and "One Click" him my friend.

He delves deep, reaches into your soul.
Makes you realize that we should be loving not cold.

My myness was boTh new and old,
I was the centre of the universe to behold.

Paying off my educational debt witH layers of my soul.
This is life so I have been told.

Best years of your life spent in an officeE block,
Loved ones living life without you to watch.

Obessin' and rushin', r
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Diane
Apr 05, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
ARC given in exchange for honest review

This is MY OPINION of the story. Please read the synopsis and any and all content warnings given by the author before deciding on purchasing the book. Please be kind and leave a review when finished reading.

We all have heard the song “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” by Alan Jackson. We all know it describes September 11, 2001. I know exactly where I was. I will never forget. That day brings many memories for me. I am sure it does for every
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Breanna Eichhorn
Aug 30, 2016 Breanna Eichhorn rated it it was amazing

This book is about Alex. Alex was a atheist until he met Lenny the doorman. Lenny gave him actual proof his skeptical mind always demanded. He sold his dotcom to go work on Wall Street. But he really wants to be a teacher of math and English to inner city kids. He wants to move impoverished youth from despair to dreams. This book is a standalone.
Alex is a very strong individual and he thought at first that he wanted to work on Wall Street and make money to help support his parents. He has two
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Lily (Hopelessly Devoted 2 Books) Wallis
After reading Sex in the Title I wanted to read more of Zack's work and I was surprised by his diversity as an author! I found The Doorman to be an enthralling, thought provoking read that had me questioning my friends and family all day about their beliefs and whereabouts during the September 11 attacks. It has to be said I love the way Zack writes! For me he has found the perfect balance between keeping my mind active and alert enough that I'm not mentally bored and keeping me relaxed enough ...more
Daina Lazzarotto
May 20, 2014 Daina Lazzarotto rated it it was amazing
5 starts just isn’t enough for this book.

Zack Love has done it again! It’s another great, amazing, terrific book.

This book took me to a place I didn’t think it was going to go. I don’t want to spoil the book for you so I won’t go into great detail, but if you are looking for a book that does any of the following this book is for you…

• Steals your breath
• Makes you remember
• Makes you hug the person you love the most
• Makes you re-evaluate your life and what you’re doing with it
• Teaches you tha
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Isa Jones (Jo&Isalovebooks Blog)
Mar 30, 2015 Isa Jones (Jo&Isalovebooks Blog) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I was gifted a copy by the Author in exchange of an honest review.

Zack Love hands down is a talented writer, this book was well delivered and it was a fast read, however the content was rich and storyline was very original.
The Doorman sees Alex, a typical businessman New Yorker, trapped in the monotony and hectic every day routine, who tired with the direction of where his life is heading decides to change career paths in order to do something he truly loves.
However, he starts noticing that his
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Jessica Leonard
Apr 05, 2014 Jessica Leonard rated it it was amazing
I was given a complimentary copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review

I must say that this short story had my mind going in circles and thinking about things. I must have sat there for an hour pondering what I would have thought and if I would of had the same conclusion Alex did about the Lenny, The Doorman.

This does touch upon some sensitive material for some so please be aware of that, but also read with an open mind and allow yourself to just be in the moment. I think we all have ou
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Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
I am fascinated by Zack Love's style of writing. The way he can easily weave words into a captivating story is incredible.
His latest, The Doorman, is about the comings and goings of Alex, a resident of 777 Fifth Avenue in New York City. We learn about his relationships and career choices, but mostly, we are introduced to his friendship with Lenny. Lenny is the doorman, a very talkative 47 year old who seems to know everything about everything. This fact is what causes Alex to believe Lenny is Go
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Jennifer Pou
Apr 05, 2014 Jennifer Pou rated it it was amazing
A Fantastic Story!! definitely a most read.

The Doorman is the newest work from the sexy author Zack Love and gotta say is like a ride in and roller coaster ( very exciting, addictive, fast, short, leaves you wanting more, a life changing experience)

This short story is about a man going to that time in life when you question what am I doing to make the world a better place? Am i doing what i really want in life? He surly has the perfect job, the apartment, the girl. This is when he meets his door
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Julie Jaret
Apr 22, 2014 Julie Jaret rated it it was amazing
Strong recommend!

If you’re a voracious reader, you can usually tell within a page or two whether you’re in the capable hands of a great writer. In the case of Zack Love’s “The Doorman,” I knew by the second paragraph.

Mr. Love has crafted a deeply-philosophical and beautiful story, which cleverly masquerades as a breezy, entertaining read. I found it to be accessible and not-at-all preachy, even as it snuck up on me and made me feel and think. “The Doorman” is one of the rare books I know I’ll r
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Abbie
Apr 05, 2014 Abbie rated it it was amazing
I was given a complimentary copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. This Novelette is amazing! Zack Love is so talented,and honestly leaves you wanting so much more. Such talent. I am more of a contemporary romance kind of girl. But this novelette really pulled me in. This was some pretty deep stuff. I was left with an ache in my heart after reading us. I am a christian, but this story made me think about what if God really was among us or one of us? This novelette left me with a ...more
Kim
Apr 05, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Ever since I read Zack Love's Sex in the Title, I've been a fan of his writing. It's thought-provoking and always conveys an impressive emotional depth. The Doorman is one of those stories that gives you pause and makes you consider the possibilities in life. It's well-written, displays a sensitivity and depth of character that is refreshing and forces the reader to consider the what-ifs and life's grand scheme. As the protagonist, Alex, begins to question his life and its meaning, he also comes ...more
Holly Michelle
Aug 11, 2016 Holly Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shorter books worry me sometimes. Sometimes they are rushed. Sometimes there isn't enough. But that isn't the case with The Doorman.
This book is like reading a full novel only shortened to a novella. You still get the full punch of a novel, but the greatness of a fast read.
The story is well written. I loved the character of Alex. The flow was great and fast. Kudo's to Zack for a great short story.
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Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he studied mostly literature, psychology, philosophy, and film. After college, he moved to New York City and took a corporate consulting job that had absolutely nothing to do with his studies. The attacks of September 11, 2001
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