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Frade Killed Ellen

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Frade is a famous writer. Ellen is desperate to land a Great Man. Alan hates Frade and wants his Ellen to get her act together. A dark, funny story about the corrosive effects of other people’s success.
ebook, 41 pages
Published July 15th 2015 by Dutch Kills Press
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Alex Kudera
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If anyone is looking for an hour or two of accessible fiction, I have a new e-single from fledgling Dutch Kills Press in Brooklyn. This tale has everything we look for in writing, from a chase scene to chess to Chinatown, but if you need death, liquor, and library basements, don't worry, because it has all that, too, and more. Publisher Gordon Haber has an MFA from Columbia, once won a Fulbright, and writes for the Jewish Daily Forward. Did I mention the story takes place in Philly, North Caroli ...more
Nate Briggs
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Please note: a free copy of this book was received for an independent, fair, and honest review.)

Although quite short, the wistfulness and humor of this meditation on success and failure tend to stay with you for hours after you’ve read it.

Going backward and forward in time, the narrator walks through the complicated roles he played with his friend, Ellen, and the ultra-famous author who Ellen hoped to attract, and possibly marry: Roger Frade. The story is a faithful report from literary life: h
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Paulette
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
An excellent read!
Jamie
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Inexpensive short read available on kindle. Try it!
Joshua Spodek
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Frade Killed Ellen" read like a New Yorker short story. I found it compelling and read it a few times to work out the details. The chase scene through Center City was exciting. The relationships between students, faculty advisors, other writers, and so on had the right amount of complexity and interweaving for me.
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Alex Kudera's award-winning adjunct novel, Fight for Your Long Day (Atticus Books), was drafted in a walk-in closet during a summer in Seoul, South Korea. In 2016, he published Auggie's Revenge with Beating Windward Press as well as a Classroom Edition of Fight for Your Long Day with Hard Ball Press. The e-singles "Frade Killed Ellen" (Dutch Kills Press), "Turquoise Truck" (Mendicant Bookworks), a ...more
“I was once driven north along Central Park, all the way from Chinatown. We hailed the cab in front of a building where Orthodox Jews still lived, so they shut down an elevator on Saturdays. In the taxi, I was with my mother. We were visiting her aunt, my great aunt, who was 93. She had no memory of the old country, Lithuania, but she'd been born there. Her parents escaped the pogroms so she could survived a century here. Her American prosperity was half a century of subsistence wages and thirty years of Medicare in an elevator building.
The old country for the cab driver was Bangladesh, and he was a talker. He'd just graduated from college, and his prospects were good. He'd majored in a practical field, network engineering or something like that. Young and optimistic, he spoke fluent English. His big idea was to keep his countrymen out of the United States. America was great, but if he got overrun with foreigners, his kind in particular, it would be ruined. "Bangladesh is hot and crowded. Why would want to make America like that." He said this in all sincerity.”
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