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The Men's Club

A Novel

Leonard Michaels

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Seven men, friends and strangers, gather in a house in Berkeley. They intend to start a men’s club, the purpose of which isn’t immediately clear to any of them; but very quickly they discover a powerful and passionate desire to talk. First published in 1981, The Men’s Club is a scathing, pitying, absurdly dark and funny novel about manhood in the age of therapy. “The climax is fitting, horrific, and wonderfully droll” (The New York Times Book Review).

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The Men's Club
ONEWomen wanted to talk about anger, identity, politics, etc. I saw posters in Berkeley urging them to join groups. I saw their leaders on TV. Strong, articulate faces. So when Cavanaugh phoned and invited me to join a men's club, I laughed. Slowly, not laughing, he repeated himself. He was six foot nine. The size and weight entered his voice. He and some friends wanted a club. "A regular social possibility outside of our jobs and marriages. Nothing to do with women's groups." One man was a tax accountant, another was a lawyer. There was also a college teacher like me and two
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  • Leonard Michaels

  • Leonard Michaels (1933–2003) was the author of five collections of stories and essays—Going Places, I Would Have Saved Them If I Could, Shuffle, A Girl with a Monkey, and To Feel These Things—as well as two novels, Sylvia and The Men’s Club. All of his fiction will be reissued as FSG Classics.
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The Men's Club

A Novel

Leonard Michaels

National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee

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