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John Blumenthal

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Back in the day, I was an editorial staffer at Esquire, and later an editor, writer and columnist at Playboy magazine. Then came four years of screenwriting (2 movies made: "Short Time"-- Fox and "Blue Streak"--Sony) ), followed by my present line of work--novelist. I have plied that trade for about 15 years.

My sixth novel, THE STRANGE COURTSHIP OF ABIGAIL BIRD (Regal House) was published in October 2019. (It recently won the 2019 Next Generation Book Award for Fiction.)

I have written eight other books for publishers such as St. Martin's Press, Simon & Schuster and Ballantine Books. These include the novels, "The Case of the Hardboiled Dicks," "The Tinseltown Murders," the award-winning "What’s Wrong with Dorfman?" and "Millard Fillmore,
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“One aspect of Samantha's personality that drove me nuts was her tendency to reveal herself via literary allusions. She called it a quirk, but it was more of a compulsion. Her mother was Lady Macbeth; her father, Big Daddy. An uncle she liked was Mr. Micawber, a favorite governess, Jane Eyre; a doting professor, Mr. Chips.
This curious habit of hers quickly made the voyage from eccentric to bizarre when she began to invoke the names of literary characters to describe moments in our relationship. When she thought I was treating her rudely, she called me Wolf Larsen; if I was standoffish, I was Mr. Darcy; when I dressed too shabbily, I was Tom Joad.
Once, in bed, she yelled out the name Victor as she approached orgasm. I assumed she was referring to Victor Hugo because she'd been reading 'Les Miserables.'. It didn't really bother me that much though it was a little odd being with a woman who thought she was having sex with a dead French author.”
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John Blumenthal megs_bookrack wrote: "Nice to meet you, John!
I actually read your book, What's Wrong With Dorfman? by checking it out of the Nantucket Atheneum!
I hope you make it back to the rock sometime..."


Nice to meet you too, Megs! That’s so cool—the Atheneum.. Didn’t even know the book was there. I hope the building still exists. Such a stately old Library! Haven’t been back to the Island for a while but would love to visit. Got a lot tougher to get there since I moved to LA. Thanks for connecting


message 13: by John

John Blumenthal megs_bookrack wrote: "Nice to meet you, John!
I actually read your book, What's Wrong With Dorfman? by checking it out of the Nantucket Atheneum!
I hope you make it back to the rock sometime..."


Nice to meet you too, Megs! That’s so cool—the Atheneum.. Didn’t even know the book was there. I hope the building still exists. Such a stately old Library! Haven’t been back to the Island for a while but would love to visit. Got a lot tougher to get there since I moved to LA. Thanks for connecting.


megs_bookrack Nice to meet you, John!
I actually read your book, What's Wrong With Dorfman? by checking it out of the Nantucket Atheneum!
I hope you make it back to the rock sometime...


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