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Watch Your Mouth (2002) [Novel]
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Summary :

A golem is a creature made of clay that will rise up and do your bidding. The story of the golem is an old one, and nobody knows whether it's true or not. It's like an old family story in this way, or like the best sex of your life - did it happen the way you remember, or is it all just in your dirty mind?

The summer Joseph lives with his girlfriend Cynthia and her family is something like an opera, and something like a twelve-step program, and Joseph wants very much to find out what's true and what's not. Does Cyn's father want Joseph to sleep with her, or does he want Cyn all to himself? Does Cyn's brother want to seduce his mother, or is this just one of his experiments? And speaking of experiments, what is Mrs. Glass building out of clay, late at night, in the basement? You can't always find out what's true about a family, but Joseph hopes that he can remember the few important details he needs to know in time. Because something is rising out of the river, and he really wants to know just whose bidding it's going to do.

Original title: Watch Your Mouth: A Novel
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor

Edition #1: Watch Your Mouth

Watch Your Mouth (2002)
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Language: English

  • "Genuinely clever.... [Handler is] a virtuosic and original writer." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
  • "Handler mixes opera, Jewish folklore, and sexual high jinks as if he were juggling axes and cleavers. It's an alarming, exhilarating performance from a talented young writer. Handler's fearless use of explicit detail and arch mockery [is] not for the faint of heart.... Hip, shocking, and clever." Tampa Tribune
  • "A send-up of our confessional culture in which even bedcovers express their feelings." New York Times Book Review
  • "Like Kafka on Prozac." Newsday
  • "[A] deftly funny, absurdist story that both horrifies with its subject matter and hooks you with its humor."
  • "A monsterpiece of creativity, but underneath its roar and bluster betas a surprisingly gentle heart." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "[A] 'Turn of the Screwball' black comedy." Publishers Weekly
  • "Your basic self-reflexive parody incest opera mystery." Kirkus Reviews
  • "One of those... incest-comedy gothic Jewish porn opera novels." Village Voice
  • "His use of pop-culture references, Jewish mythology, and operatic cues... reveals both the complexity and sheer lunacy of his work." Baltimore City Paper
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Watch Your Mouth (2002)

ISBN: 006093817X

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