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Buffalo Lockjaw

by Greg Ames

Buffalo Lockjaw by Greg Ames
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2009
    304 pages
    Genre: Novels

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James Fitzroy isn't doing so well. Though his old friends in Buffalo believe his life in New York City is a success, in fact he writes ridiculous taglines for a greeting card company. Now he's coming home on Thanksgiving to visit his aging father and dying mother, and unlike other holidays, he's not sure how this one is going to end. Buffalo Lockjaw introduces a fresh new voice in American fiction.

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"Caustically comic and wrenchingly emotional, while the wry riffs on family tension and the sad state of Buffalo that appear throughout this fine first novel don't undercut the serious consideration of murder or mercy for terminal patients." - Publishers Weekly.

"Starred Review. A novel about hard choices and doing the right thing that is modest, moving and true. " - Kirkus Reviews.

"Buffalo Lockjaw, like its charming, bitter screw-up of a narrator, reaches finally for larger meaning, and succeeds.... A brazen and tender book about a city and a scene, a mother and a son, and the beauty and pain of several kinds of love." - Sam Lipsyte, author of Home Land.

"Ames knows how to build up the world with a light hand while still getting to the complicated and painful ways we muddle through. Funny, fresh, and generous." - Aimee Bender. "In Buffalo Lockjaw, love of one's parents and love of one's hometown mix powerfully with the mad undertow of loss that seems as inevitable in life as gravity." - Jonathan Ames.

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Greg Ames grew up in Buffalo, New York. His work has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney's, Fiction International, The Sun, and other publications. He has taught fiction at Brooklyn College and at Binghamton University. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

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