Poor Man's Autumn: A Novel

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The unforgettable story of a poet who disappears.

Jack Malley is a struggling college student who opens his mailbox one morning to discover a human ear. It belongs to his professor, a famous poet who has spent his lifetime writing a single poem.

When the poet vanishes, Jake’s only clue is a shoebox full of love letters. He sets out to find the girl who wrote them, using the ear as his guide. More
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About Jay Gershwin

Jay Gershwin lives in New York City. He is the author of Poor Man's Autumn, The World Disappears, and Sell Your Childhood. Reach him at jaygershwin [at] gmail.com

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Review by: Nicholas Bridgman on April 20, 2017 :
I loved the combination of high art, poetry, and philosophy themes with thriller-style street smarts and action. Gershwin’s book is full of smoothly flowing language and creative metaphors that express his points without becoming overly flamboyant themselves. The plot takes the reader on a tour of New England and Los Angeles, following the protagonist and his poet mentor, Professor Kline, author of the hit poetry book Poor Man’s Autumn, as they chase Harper, a young woman who cut off and stole one of Kline’s ears. The ear turns out to have supernatural powers that had given Kline the ability to hear poetry, and Harper uses it to hypnotize artists to create art in praise of her. What follows is an exciting chase through an art museum and the urban city streets, motels, and shopping centers of Los Angeles, which along the way reveals insights into what it means to be a poet, to create art, to be a friend, to age, and simply to be alive.
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