In Middle Men, Stegner Fellow and New
Yorker contributor Jim Gavin delivers a hilarious and panoramic vision of
California, portraying a group of men, from young dreamers to old vets, as they
make valiant forays into middle-class respectability.
In “Play the Man” a high-school basketball player
aspires to a college scholarship, in “Elephant Doors”, a production assistant
on a game show moonlights as a stand-up comedian, and in the collection’s last
story, the immensely moving “Costello”, a middle-aged plumbing supplies
salesman comes to terms with the death of his wife.
The men in Gavin’s stories all find themselves
stuck somewhere in the middle, caught half way between their dreams and the
often crushing reality of their lives. A work of profound humanity that pairs
moments of high comedy with searing truths about life’s missed opportunities, Middle
Men brings to life a series of unforgettable characters learning what it
means to love and work and be in the world as a man, and it offers our first
look at a gifted writer who has just begun teaching us the tools of his trade. Download and start listening now!