The rediscovery of a scathing fiction by “one of the most vivacious, audacious, and crazy writers we have." - Norman Mailer
BAD GUY is the first selection in a new series from Pushcart under the editing of celebrated novelist Jonathan Lethem, winner of The National Book Critics Circle award for fiction.
In BAD GUY, Rosalyn Drexler probes the influence of media violence on a young murderer and the wacky attempt of therapist Dr. Mathilda Brody to understand and cure him. During a series of analytic sessions, Dr. Brody employs dream interpretation, psycho-drama and other less conventional techniques. Their relationship – and the crucial role played by the victim’s daughter – carries the story to its conclusion.
Compassionate, tender and often absurd, BAD GUY renders in warm human terms what is reported every day in cold print.
About the Author
Rosayln Drexler is a novelist, playwright and artist. She has been honored with many awards including grants from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations and Obie’s for her plays, an Emmy for excellence in television writing and The Paris Review humor prize. She lives in New York City.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.
Drexler rushes in where Roth and Jong have only gingerly tiptoed. — Booklist
Rosalyn Drexler is always brilliant, gay, depressed, and hopeful. — Donald Barthelme
First rate writing and first rate humor. — Gloria Steinem
I have always been a Drexler fan…this real/surreal novel is insightful and tender but never sentimental.