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Tomcat in Love

By Tim O'Brien
Tomcat in Love by Tim O'Brien digital book - Fable

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A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

In this wildly funny, brilliantly inventive novel, Tim O'Brien has created the ultimate character for our times. Thomas Chippering, a 6'6" professor of linguistics, is a man torn between two obsessions: the desperate need to win back his former wife, the faithless Lorna Sue, and a craving to test his erotic charms on every woman he meets.

But there are complications, including Lorna Sue's brother, Herbie, with whom she has an all-too-close relationship, and the considerable charms of Chippering's new love, the attractive, and of course already married, Mrs. Robert Kooshof, who may at last satisfy Chippering's longing for intimacy.

In Tomcat in Love, Tim O'Brien takes on the battle of the sexes with astonishing results. By turns hilarious, outrageous, romantic, and deeply moving, this is one of the most talked about novels in years: a novel for this and every age.

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3.5
“This book came to me through a co-worker. It follows a middle-aged divorced professor at the University of Minnesota who is trying to get over his ex-wife. The problem is he is still madly in love with Lorna Sue who is newly married to a "tycoon" in Florida. Our protagonist goes out of his way to seek revenge and win back a love. The tale of mishaps and misconception was engaging and funny. O'Brien really goes into the mind of Thomas Chippering, an unreliable narrator with misplaced passion at best. The tomfoolery that ensues is shocking. The end was surprising for me. The last paragraph is an interesting, unexpectedly honest take on lost love.”

About Tim O'Brien

TIM O’BRIEN received the 1979 National Book Award in fiction for Going After Cacciato. His other works include the Pulitzer finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, The Things They Carried; the acclaimed novels Tomcat in Love and Northern Lights; and the national bestselling memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone. His novel In the Lake of the Woods received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named the best novel of 1994 by Time. In 2010 he received the Katherine Anne Porter Award for a distinguished lifetime body of work and in 2012 he received the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in 2013.

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