192 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.44 in
May 17, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0684869071
ISBN - 13: 9780684869070
Read from the Book
From Sinatraland Dear Frank, I bet you never thought you'd hear from your old pal Finkie. That's right, Francis. It's me. I've been trying to think of what to say to you after all this time, ever since I heard you were laid up in the hospital with gall bladder troubles. Alas, the Hoboken Finkelsteins are no more. Scattered to the four winds. And my brother Morris, "the creep" I think you used to call him, is dead. Not really dead, but my parents -- you remember Miriam and Seymour Finkelstein? -- they don't refer to Morris anymore ever since he ran off with a shiksa named Roberta. Can you believe it, Frank? I mean Morris still had strap lines on his arm from the tfillin. I'm sure you've heard of it, Frank. It's like in The Man with the Golden Arm, remember, when you tied a belt or was it a tie around your arm? Well, the Jews do it on both arms and keep a little leather box on their forehead when they pray. Otto Preminger is a Jew. Did you know that, Frank? Personally, I think it's disgusting his playing a Nazi like that. But what can you do? That's show business, am I right, Francis, or am I right? Speaking of show business, our paths did cross one night in 1958. You would have considered it a close call. But I thought I'd tell you what exactly transpired so you wouldn't get the wrong idea or hear it from some other unreliable source and misconstrue my drift. It was 1958 like I just said and you were sitting in a booth at the Imperial Gardens having dinner with who else bu
Table of Contents
Love and Marriage
Glad to Be Unhappy
Strangers in the Night
The Second Time Around
Everything Happens to Me
From the Publisher
Meet Finkie Finkelstein: businessman from New Jersey, lovingly obsessed fan of Old Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. To Finkie, Frank is the model of a man -- elegant, sophisticated, talented, with charm to spare. Finkie has modeled his life after his idol; he's seen all the movies, bought all of the records, even formed his own little Rat Pack at work. All his life decisions are made with Frank in mind. Now if only he could let Frank know how much he means to him...
Through a series of letters to his idol, Finkie's life unfolds; a life where Sinatra is center stage, while all the rest takes a backseat. In Sinatraland, Finkie's trials are numerous: a failing marriage, a strained relationship with both his daughter and his brother, an ill-fated affair with an office coworker. But as long as Frank comes out with a new record or film, there's always hope.
By turns riotous and poignant, Sinatraland lays bare the funniest and most twisted corners of the male mind and brings back to life America's most beloved bad boy. Sinatraland introduces Sam Kashner as a sparkling new voice in literary fiction.
About the Author
Sam Kashner teaches writing at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. An acclaimed biographer and poet, he is author of A Talent for Genius: The Life and Times of Oscar Levant, Hollywood Kryptonite and several books of poetry, and has written for numerous publications including GQ and Vanity Fair. He lives in Williamsburg with his wife, the writer Nancy Schoenberger. This is his first novel.
Robert Plunket author of My Search for Warren Harding and Love Junkie Regardless of how you feel about Frank Sinatra you will gleefully devour Sinatraland. It's the Old Blue Eyes legend writ small, transferred to the oddly romantic life of "Finkie" Finkelstein. Harrowing, sad, and very funny, it charts the darker and more complex corners of the twentieth-century male psyche.