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Love with noodles : an amorous widower's tale
Harry I. Freund
Adult Fiction FREUND

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Freund's debut novel, set amongst the Park Avenue Jewish social set, skates by on a breeze of light social comedy. Two years after his beloved wife's death, 60-year-old Upper East Side stockbroker Dan Gelder finds himself "back in the saddle," pursued by eligible women of a certain age, each looking for love and comfort in their rapidly approaching golden years. An unexpected Romeo, Dan juggles the demands of his numerous suitors while still preoccupied with the memory of his wife and burdened with concern for his ne'er-do-well son, Eric (who's marrying a shiksa). Soon, Dan is caught between two polar-opposite women: Violet Finkel, a filthy-rich dynamo who takes over his life, and Tatiana, a struggling Russian immigrant with a piano-prodigy son. A male version of a Judith Krantz novel, Freund's book makes for New York-centric pornography, being as much about the joy of real estate and money as sex. Dan, though, is an engaging presence, whose ambivalent romping as he recovers from grief renders him multidimensional. For those with a yen for a kosher-style romance, this dish might hit the spot. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Meet widower Dan Gelder, a 62-year-old Jewish stockbroker who's part of Manhattan's ultrarich social set. It's only been two years since his wife died, and just the thought of dates-let alone sexual romps-makes him tired. But being male, rich, and breathing, he's a valuable commodity in the dating market, and this first novel chronicles the comic attempts of his friends to set him up. Dan becomes involved with two women who couldn't be more different: Violet, an overbearing, fabulously wealthy widow who knows what she wants and makes sure that everyone else knows it; and Tatiana, a Russian immigrant much younger than Dan who has a young son. This senior version of Portnoy's Complaint will have readers laughing at the unspoken-sexual experiences after a "certain age." In spite of the adult language and situations, this book is highly recommended for all public libraries.-Marika Zemke, West Bloomfield Twp. P.L., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Dan Gelder
Male
Age: 60
Widower
Remains faithful to his deceased wife; gets annoyed by the attention other women give him; finds himself juggling his new suitors, his memories of his wife, and the engagement of his son.
Stockbroker

Eric
Male
Engaged
Dan's son; engaged to a non-Jew; dealing with bankruptcy.

Violet Finkel
Female
Wealthy
Offers Dan luxury and profound affection; in love with Dan.

Susan Klein
Female
Overweight
Bakes for Dan; in love with Dan.

Myra Cox
Female
In love with Dan.
Activist

Tatiana Andrevsy
Female
Russian
Struggling to overcome poverty; exotic; has a piano-prodigy son; in love with Dan.



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