Mister Monkey: A Novel by Francine ProseMister Monkey: A Novel by Francine Prose

Mister Monkey: A Novel

byFrancine Prose

Hardcover | October 18, 2016

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The acclaimed New York Times bestselling author weaves an ingenious, darkly humorous, and brilliantly observant story that follows the exploits and intrigue of a constellation of characters affiliated with an off-off-off-off Broadway children’s musical.

Mister Monkey—a screwball children’s musical about a playfully larcenous pet chimpanzee—is the kind of family favorite that survives far past its prime. Margot, who plays the chimp’s lawyer, knows the production is dreadful and bemoans the failure of her acting career. She’s settled into the drudgery of playing a humiliating part—until the day she receives a mysterious letter from an anonymous admirer . . . and later, in the middle of a performance, has a shocking encounter with Adam, the twelve-year-old who plays the title role.

Francine Prose’s effervescent comedy is told from the viewpoints of wildly unreliable, seemingly disparate characters whose lives become deeply connected as the madcap narrative unfolds. There is Adam, whose looming adolescence informs his interpretation of his role; Edward, a young audience member who is candidly unimpressed with the play; Ray, the author of the novel on which the musical is based, who witnesses one of the most awkward first dates in literature; and even the eponymous Mister Monkey, the Monkey God himself.

With her trademark wit and verve, Prose delves into humanity’s most profound mysteries: art, ambition, childhood, aging, and love. Startling and captivating, Mister Monkey is a breathtaking novel from a writer at the height of her craft.

Francine Prose was born on April 1, 1947. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968. She received the PEN Translation Prize in 1988 and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1991. Francine Prose novel The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical with the same title by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. It ran at the Mitzi E. Newh...
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Title:Mister Monkey: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.01 inPublished:October 18, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062397834

ISBN - 13:9780062397836

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay This was the book I was most looking forward to in this year's Tournament of Books. However, I was a bit disappointed. This is a "novel" / "interconnected short story collection", and since it's about a comedy, I expected it to be funnier. Some of the stories were quite interesting (the environmental lawyer!) but after a while, it felt like the schtick got stale, and the second-to-last chapter felt like an unnecessary reach.
Date published: 2017-07-03

Editorial Reviews

“Francine Prose has made something so original with Mister Monkey, her dizzying Ferris wheel of a novel, that it boggles the lucky reader’s mind. Besides making me laugh out loud, its earned warmth & yes its effortless insight into the madness of the human heart creates pure delight. Francine Prose’s best novel.”