The Comedown

Rebekah Frumkin

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The Comedown

The Comedown A dazzling epic that follows two very different families in Cleveland across generations beginning with their patriarchs who become irrevocably intertwined one fateful nightA blistering dark comedy

  • Title: The Comedown
  • Author: Rebekah Frumkin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A dazzling epic that follows two very different families in Cleveland across generations, beginning with their patriarchs, who become irrevocably intertwined one fateful nightA blistering dark comedy, The Comedown is a romp across America, from the Kent State shootings to protest marches in Chicago to the Florida Everglades, that explores delineating lines of race, class,A dazzling epic that follows two very different families in Cleveland across generations, beginning with their patriarchs, who become irrevocably intertwined one fateful nightA blistering dark comedy, The Comedown is a romp across America, from the Kent State shootings to protest marches in Chicago to the Florida Everglades, that explores delineating lines of race, class, religion, and time.Scrappy, street smart drug dealer Richard Marshall has never liked the simpering addict Leland Bloom Mittwoch, which doesn t stop Leland from looking up to Richard with puppy esque devotion But when a drug deal goes dramatically, tragically wrong and a suitcase which may or may not contain a quarter of a million dollars disappears, the two men and their families become hopelessly entangled It s a mistake that sets in motion a series of events that are odd, captivating, suspenseful, and ultimately inevitable.Both incendiary and earnest, The Comedown steadfastly catalogs the tangled messes the characters make of their lives, never losing sight of the beauty and power of each family member s capacity for love, be it for money, drugs, or each other.

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    1. Dave on said:

      The Comedown is a terrific literary work that takes the classic form of the great sweeping novels that span generations and wars and breathes fresh life into the genre. It's a story told much in the way stories are really told at the holiday table -in bits and pieces with different people remembering different things. It's the story of two families twisted together through a drug deal gone bad and extended versions of those families. Each chapter takes on a successive character and tells their s [...]

    2. Kasa Cotugno on said:

      This rich novel is structured as linked stories, each featuring a member of one of two Cleveland families forever tied in a somewhat unholy bond. A horrendous drug deal gone wrong on May 8, 1973 is the fulcrum for all that follows, and drugs are at the center of everything, legal and non-. It also happens to be a birthday shared by the patriarchs Reggie Marshall and Leland Bloom Sr and I was hooked from the prologue. The McGuffin here is a yellow briefcase that may or may not contain life changi [...]

    3. Rachel León on said:

      (4.5 stars, rounded up)Oh, can Rebekah Frumkin write! I was mesmerized by her prose, which is just so spot on. In truth it was her writing that kept me turning pages more than the plot. But the plot is definitely notable. A drug deal goes wrong and the addict and dealer's families become strangely intertwined for generations. I'm a sucker for family sagas and thought that's what this novel would be, but it's actually more than that. It's an epic novel (that's not too long) that explores race, re [...]

    4. Emily on said:

      Put simply, Rebekah Frumkin is a brilliant writer. Her language is both complex and readable, her characters full of layers and eccentricities yet in some ways familiar. It’s difficult to say exactly what THE COMEDOWN is about, with its story lines that both weave into and diverge from each other, but in every chapter, you’ll find yourself equally pulled in, led down a path you had no idea you’d follow with such interest. It’s a truly unique work with characters who feel as vivid as any [...]

    5. Tess on said:

      A sweeping novel, told over decades, characters, and families, all encompassing one man (who dies at in the prologue.) It is bold, funny, and surprising.

    6. Gillian on said:

      The intertwining of separate and disparate lives in Cleveland is beautifully written and Rebekah Frumkin's voice is clear and bold. Her depiction of mental illness, addiction and general human vice and virtue were spot on and powerfully written. one of the things that has really stuck with me throughout the book is that we all see ourselves as a little less fucked up, a little more put together, and a little more generous and kind-hearted than we are perceived by others. Though, interestingly, t [...]

    7. Lara Blackman on said:

      All fans of THE CORRECTIONS + other family sagas need to read this book! Incredible story, beautifully written - one of the best novels I've read in a long time.

    8. Staci on said:

      The Comedown is a story that unfolds when the lives of two different families become entangled after an unexpected, violent event takes place one night in 1973 in Cleveland. The choices made by one man have a profound effect on the future of both of these families. There is a lot that I really loved about this book. It’s clear that Rebekah Frumkin is a very talented story teller. She was able to create an intricate plot with a large cast of characters and make it all work. It was well organize [...]

    9. Tiffany on said:

      My thanks to Netgalley and to MacMillan USA Publishers for sharing this title with me pre-release.Publication Date: 17 April 2018Appealingly written from each characters' point of view, the story of two families and the unlikely manner in which their lives become and remain intertwined plays out through the generations. Set against a backdrop that spans several states and numerous social issues (race, religion and socioeconomic status), Reggie, a practical and hopeful black drug dealer, and Lela [...]

    10. Emily on said:

      To paraphrase Tolstoy, happy families are all alike and unhappy families are unhappy in their unique ways. Rebekah Frumkin paints a number of unhappy family portraits in The Comedown. It takes a generation to resolve the inciting incident between Reggie Marshall and Leland Bloom-Mittwoch Sr. involving a drug deal and a briefcase full of money.The Comedown was a compelling read because the characters and settings are layered and rich. They are fully formed, flawed and quirky and some are rather u [...]

    11. ~Krystal on said:

      This book was an alright book, it talks a lot about drug addiction and race issues, I do think that it's a book that needs to be read because of the topic but would like to put it out there that there are triggering issues in this book

    12. Amy Morgan on said:

      Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. This definitely could have been a 5 star read however, the transition from character to character was way too confusing and it was way too hard to keep track of who was who. With a storyline reminiscent of The Nix and a narration style similar to Homegoing this story has a lot of potential. There just definitely needs to be cleaner transitions in between each character.

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