The Great Kisser

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By – February 24, 2012

This chaot­ic nov­el chas­es Michael Gold­berg in time and space through his life. The sto­ry cov­ers the events of decades scat­tered here and there, on the East Coast and the West Coast, or in Michael’s mind, all revis­it­ed often through­out the book with dif­fer­ent focus. Uncer­tain­ty comes out most clear­ly in Michael’s rela­tion­ships with women, char­ac­ter­ized by a some­what lov­ing atti­tude, yet needy and self­ish in foun­da­tion. This search for love is imper­a­tive and remorse­less, caught up in Michael’s tan­gles with what it means to be a Jew­ish man in a quick­ly mov­ing universe. 

Mean­der­ing but wit­ty, Evanier uses a stream of con­scious­ness approach to writ­ing that empha­sizes and exac­er­bates the inner chaos of his main character’s exis­tence. Jew­ish char­ac­ters predominate.

Rachel Sara Rosen­thal is an envi­ron­men­tal attor­ney in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Orig­i­nal­ly from Greens­boro, North Car­oli­na, she grad­u­at­ed from Duke Uni­ver­si­ty in 2003 and Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty School of Law in 2006.

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