BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
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MAN OF THE YEAR Is...
"Hilarious and poignant" ― People Magazine
“A preposterous true tale about one little man's journey into adulthood. I came for the adventures with the male centerfold, but I stayed for the break-your-heart portrait of a nuclear family teetering between enlightenment and core meltdown.” ― Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent
One October morning an old friend of Lou’s father, free-wheeling (and free-loving) Howie Gordon arrives at the Cove doorstep from California with his beautiful wife Carly. Howie is everything Lou wants to be: handsome as a movie star, built like a god and in possession of an unstoppable confidence.
Then, over Thanksgiving dinner, Howie drops a bombshell. Holding up an issue of Playgirl Magazine, he flips to the center and there he is, Mr. November in all his natural glory. Howie has his eye on becoming the next Burt Reynolds, and a wild idea for how to do it: win Playgirl’s Man of the Year. And he knows just who should manage his campaign. Read more >
Sample Questions for Book Groups:
1. The title MAN OF THE YEAR refers to Howie Gordon and his quest to win the award that Playgirl readers bestow on their favorite centerfold. But is Howie the only man of the year in the book?
2. Howie (Mr. November) is a pot-smoking male centerfold in an open marriage who ultimately goes on to star in more than 100 adult films. Is he a good role model?
3. Salem, Massachusetts could almost be described as another character in this book. What did you make of the setting? What about the author's use of Nathaniel Hawthorne quotes to compare his own experience of the old New England city?