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Three Balconies: Stories and a Novella

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The first collection of new short fiction by Bruce Jay Friedman in more than two decades, helping to cement his reputation as one of the country's leading black humorists. A New York Times Editor's Selection.
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by Biblioasis (first published September 1st 2008)
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Paul
Apr 29, 2009 Paul rated it it was ok
The two-star rating reflects my personal tastes. Very subjective. I found the writing shallow, facile, and formulaic. The book comprises a number of short stories and a novella. The plots of some stories mimic each other, the characters situations turning upside down at the end.

Friedman sketches his characters with interesting detail, but in the end not to much purpose. The novella dragged on, with much filler material.

This is my first, and possibly my last, BJ Friedman read. I was attracted t
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Sep 03, 2009 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This was book 2 for week "three". Most of the stories in this book are about middle-aged, Jewish, men who are dealing with getting older (and I realize that doesn't sound super interesting but they were quite good). The overall theme of the stories makes me wonder how much of the author's life was in these stories.
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American comic author whose dark, mocking humour and social criticism was directed at the concerns and behaviour of American Jews.

After graduating from the University of Missouri in 1951 with a B.A. in journalism and serving in the U.S. Air Force for two years, Friedman worked in publishing for several years before achieving success with his first novel, Stern (1962). The title character is a luc
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