Town House: A Novel by Tish CohenTown House: A Novel by Tish Cohen

Town House: A Novel

byTish Cohen

Paperback | April 26, 2007

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"Its official title is Town House, but in Hollywood they're already calling Tish Cohen's novel About a Girl." -The Globe and Mail.

Jack Madigan should be leading an enviable life. He's the sole heir of a '70s rock icon. He lives with his retro-obsessed teenage son, Harlan, in a once-magnificent Boston town house. But now 36, Jack's painting career is buckling under a raging case of agoraphobia. And when the foreclosure notice arrives, Jack must face losing the only home he's ever known-and his only safe zone. When Jack's ex-wife announces that Harlan would be better off living with her and her vitamin-enriched fiancé, Jack has to figure out how to deter the perky, inexperienced real-estate agent, hold on to his house, keep his son at home, and-through the tenacity of the little girl next door-finally step out onto the sidewalk.

Fox 2000 swooped in to pre-empt the film rights while Town House was still on submission to publishers. Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions is set to produce the movie and Pulitzer Prize- winning screenwriter Doug Wright (Memoirs of a Geisha) is adapting the screenplay. A book with the ability to both entertain and move us, Town House is a smart, acerbic novel bursting with heart and quirky charm.

Tish Cohen is the author of Inside Out Girl, a Globe and Mail bestseller, and Town House, a regional finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. Town House is currently in development as a feature film with Fox 2000, with Ridley Scott as producer. Cohen has also written three novels for younger readers -- The Invi...
Title:Town House: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.8 inPublished:April 26, 2007Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0002008076

ISBN - 13:9780002008075


Rated 4 out of 5 by from It'll make a great movie Sounds prim, but I thought this book was completely delightful. As in, full of delights. The characters were delicious-- battered but lovable as the wrecked old house itself. I rooted for Lucinda even as she was biting her mother's ankle. Harlan's floods, Jack's horrible haircuts, Dorrie's big shoes and hapless sales banter... all proof that you fall in love with people's flaws, not their perfections. I can't wait to see this on screen.
Date published: 2008-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book - stick with it This book is marketed as a light, funny read but it takes a while for that to happen. Jack Madigan is one pathetic guy but things get better as the book wears on. I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2007-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great!!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!!!!
Date published: 2007-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous First! Tish Cohen's Town House is a clever, humourous weaving of eccentric characters. The dilapidated domicile of central character Jack Madigan is the perfect setting for his equally crumbling life. Many other unexpected characters insert themselves into the chaos. Through Jack's trials and tribulations, the reader can learn to laugh at their own personal demons. Tish has a heartfelt understanding of human nature and the courage it takes to keep going when circumstances are conspiring against sanity all around. In particular, I really enjoyed Dorrie from Heritage Estates Realty - a truly hilarious character. Finally, I will never look at the green Benjamin Moore paint on my walls in the same way again.
Date published: 2007-06-14

Editorial Reviews

?An original portrait of a pathetic man that is at times sardonicallycomic and humanly poignant. Never straying into sentimentality orveering off into ludicrousness, Cohen?s Jack Madigan is a threedimensional,albeit anomalous, lost soul of our modern, twisted,fractured society.? (Rex Pickett, bestselling author of Sideways)