Fiction, 6" x 9", paperback, 158 pages, November 2017, ISBN 9780983868361
When Gordon Hocheiser promised his dying father he’d take care of Momma, he didn’t realize she’d never die. Twenty years after making that promise, Gordon’s law practice is in shambles and he’s at his wit’s end. Every sunrise he dons a gorilla suit, rampages into her room, and hopes she’ll drop dead from fright, but to no avail. Anytime Gordon is about to snap he calls his brother, Sid, who lives across Central Park. But running through Central Park at night to stop your brother from committing matricide comes with its own risks, and Sid finds he is as much running for his life as for his mother’s. Then one day Gordon meets Louise. Lovely Louise. If this relationship has any chance, Momma has got to go, even if that means breaking the promise he made to Poppa so many years ago and putting her in a . . .
Where’s Poppa? is a singular moment in American literary history; one in which the legacies of such authors as Joseph Heller and JD Salinger arrive at an unimaginably lewd yet inevitable terminus. It is the product of a Long Island–born Jew, not yet thirty, whose self-loathing found expression through the darkly outrageous and improbably hilarious and who would later give the world, not surprisingly, ninety minutes of convulsively funny cadaver abuse in the immensely popular film, Weekend at Bernie’s.
Robert Klane’s tasteless novel—along with his self-penned screen adaptation of the Carl Reiner–directed, cult motion picture starring George Segal and Ruth Gordon—has been offending and entertaining connoisseurs of black comedy since its first publication in 1970. Assuming you were not fortunate enough to put your hands on a copy of the now out-of-print and increasingly rare original, ANTIBOOKCLUB has come to your rescue with this first-ever reissue of this seminal work by a true master of the genre.
Robert Klane—whose first novel, The Horse is Dead, Jack Benny proclaimed to be, "Without a doubt the funniest book I have ever read."—lives with his Emmy award, his two dogs, and his wife in Woodland Hills, California, where he spends his free time being mostly ambulatory while awaiting what will hopefully be a swift and painless death.
Cover by J. J. Sedelmaier
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