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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (749 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Calvin Trillin Narrator: Calvin Trillin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Murray Tepper would say that he is an ordinary New Yorker who is simply trying to read the newspaper in peace. But he reads while sitting behind the wheel of his parked car, and his car always seems to be in a particularly desirable parking spot. Not surprisingly, he is regularly interrupted by drivers who want to know if he is going out.

Tepper isn’t going out. Why not? His explanations tend to be rather literal: the indisputable fact, for instance, that he has twenty minutes left on the meter. 

Tepper’s behavior sometimes irritates the people who want his spot. (“Is that where you live? Is that car rent-controlled?”) It also irritates the mayor—Frank Ducavelli, known in tabloid headlines as Il Duce—who sees Murray Tepper as a harbinger of what His Honor always calls “the forces of disorder.”

But once New Yorkers become aware of Tepper, some of them begin to suspect that he knows something they don’t know. And an ever-increasing number of them are willing to line up for the opportunity to sit in his car with him and find out.

Tepper Isn’t Going Out is a wise and witty story of an ordinary man who, perhaps innocently, changes the world around him.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Told] with great, cranky affection [and] an irresistible way of mixing the quotidian with the absurd.”

    New York Times

  • “Beginning, middle, and end are equally charming…Nothing can take away from this novel’s delight.”

    Washington Post

  • “Trillin is at his charmingly funny best in this good-humored satire.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Good for smiles, guffaws, and sometimes laughter that brings tears.”

    Boston Globe

  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa Abrons | 2/18/2014

    " One of my all time favorite books. A definite must read for anyone who has dealt with alternate side street parking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginny Corrigan | 1/26/2014

    " Quick read! Enjoyable story about a lifelong New Yorker quietly instigating a revolution...with a wee twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pascale | 1/26/2014

    " This book is a laugh a page, at least, but it also has some gravitas and I must admit I hadn't anticipated the twist at the end. It's Trillin at his best and well worth reading. It's an interesting take on the conceit of the person whose eccentric behavior elicits a broad spectrum of responses from people who project their own fears and problems onto his minimalist account for his weird choice of hobby. In that sense it reminded me of Kiran Desai's "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard", except it doesn't veer into the fantastic at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin | 1/25/2014

    " Murray Tepper is a mild-mannered everyman who gains pleasure from finding great parking spots. He knows the rules on many Manhattan streets and relishes the rush of reading The Post in his car once he's found the perfect space. His eccentric habit is noticed and turns him into a household name. It is cute, fun book. I like the picture it paints of New York. "

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