My Year as Clown
Robert Steven Williams
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With My Year as a Clown, Williams introduces us to the Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed Chuck Morgan, reeling after being blindsided by the abrupt collapse of his 20-year marriage. Morgan is a new kind of male hero, imperfect and uncertain, who—like his favorite football team—is fumbling forward into uncertainty. The 2013 Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Initially, Chuck worries he’ll never have a relationship again, that he could stand in the lobby of a brothel with a hundred dollar bill plastered to his forehead and still not get lucky. But as his emotionally raw, 365-day odyssey unfolds, Chuck gradually relearns to live on his own, navigating the minefield of issues faced by the suddenly single—new routines, awkward dates, and even more awkward sex. Clown will attract fans of the new breed of novelists that includes Nick Hornby, Jonathan Tropper and Tom Perrotta. Like others in that distinguished group, Robert Steven Williams delivers a painfully honest glimpses into the modern male psyche while writing about both sexes with equal ease and grace in a way that’s both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. "Williams has written a terrific novel. His book pulls back the curtain on male masculinity--showing us what a guy really goes through when dealing with the difficult mess of his beloved spouse's infidelity and the ensuing divorce. Williams' characters give us the real-deal: a gut wrenching and often humorous look, showing us the everyday horrors of what it's like to start all over again as one approaches middle age." - Suzan-Lori Parks, winner Pulitzer Prize for Drama "Robert Steven Williams has written a novel of tremendous honesty, humor, and insight. His story of Chuck Morgan, cast adrift on the rocky shoals of dating when his wife of twenty years suddenly leaves him, does for men what Bridget Jones's Diary did for women." - Joy Johannessen, editor for Alice Sebold, Amy Bloom, Michael Cunningham and My Year as a Clown "When we first meet Chuck Morgan, he's broken, twisted and confused. And that's what makes him so interesting. Like other intriguing literary heroes, he is at his best after life has knocked him to the ground, forcing him to find a new way to be strong again; damaged maybe, but more confident this time, with a kinder, more open heart." - Jimmie Dale Gilmore, The Flatlanders
Broken Hearted Savior
Chuck Morgan is a man entangled in the past, besieged by the present, trudging towards an uncertain future at a pace set by others. He is a truthful hero, complete with all the insecurities and short-comings of us mere mortals. Williams’ style and stride keeps you engaged and connected to Chuck…. even if you’re not a sports fan, can’t sit in the lotus position, have never had a broken heart, been on a bad blind date, made regretful choices at vulnerable times, over-analyzed or under-estimated anything or simply had a rough day. You grin and laugh; you cringe and shake your head as you ride the roller coaster of committed hope and despair with Chuck. My Year as a Clown is predictable, but only in the way that Change itself is predictable and unavoidable. It is also inevitable that the story of Chuck’s year must come to a conclusion and to that end Williams left me wanting for nothing more than perhaps his next novel. Brilliant effort Bob!
My year as a clown
I really enjoyed this book! I don’t read a lot of fiction but I could not put this down. Williams delivered the story...my story too (people who got dissed in a divorce& had to face some Universal truths and grow up).
Chuck was brutally honest, perhaps too honest. It was a roller coaster ride of sadness, anger, love and growth.
It's a must read!!
An honest portrayal of heartbreak and healing
I laughed a lot and at the same time really felt Chuck’s pain as he lost control after his wife’s betrayal. I felt like it was happening to me and I couldn’t put this book down. I enjoyed the journey as Chuck redefined himself and found his footing as a single man in his 40’s. The cast of characters, including a pot smoking rabbi, an overprotective mother and a sexy yoga instructor, was engaging. My Year as a Clown is fast-paced and the diary-like structure of tracking the days worked very well. I heartily recommend this book.