The Rich Part of Life: A Novel

Paperback | May 16, 2002

byJim Kokoris

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After Teddy loses his mother to a car accident, he and his young brother are left with their eccentric Civil War professor father, who is more able to discuss Confederate footwear than his sons' day at school. But Teddy's father plays the lottery with his wife's old numbers, and wins $190 million, immediately transforming their lives forever. For the first time, the family must learn what "the rich part of life" really is. Creating the perfect balance of humor and pathos, Jim Kokoris takes us on an unforgettable journey through the ups and downs of this revelation of unexpected wealth.

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After Teddy loses his mother to a car accident, he and his young brother are left with their eccentric Civil War professor father, who is more able to discuss Confederate footwear than his sons' day at school. But Teddy's father plays the lottery with his wife's old numbers, and wins $190 million, immediately transforming their lives f...

Jim Kokoris lives in the Chicago area with his wife Anne and their three sons. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. The Rich Part of Life is his first novel. Jim's humor has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, USA Weekend, The Chicago Sun-Times and Reader's Digest. He is currently at work on his second novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.76 inPublished:May 16, 2002Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312300700

ISBN - 13:9780312300708

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After Teddy loses his mother to a car accident, he and his young brother are left with their eccentric Civil War professor father, who is more able to discuss Confederate footwear than his sons' day at school. But Teddy's father plays the lottery with his wife's old numbers, and wins $190 million, immediately transforming their lives forever. For the first time, the family must learn what "the rich part of life" really is. Creating the perfect balance of humor and pathos, Jim Kokoris takes us on an unforgettable journey through the ups and downs of this revelation of unexpected wealth.

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"Mr. Kokoris's talent is evident on every page. He is in touch with the human spirit and offers, in this post-modern world, a refreshing hope for redemption." -Howard Bahr, author of The Black Flower and The Year of Jubilo"In The Rich Part of Life, Jim Kokoris has created the rarest of literary gems-- a narrator who is pure of heart yet entirely authentic. He writes through the eyes of Teddy Pappas with both clarity and innocence. This debut novelist is one of tremendous promise, and I look forward to all of his future books." -T. Greenwood, author of Nearer than the Sky and Breathing Water"A hilarious gem. Kokoris has a David Sedaris-like ear for the lyrical quirks and idiosyncrasies of his ridiculous yet endearing family of characters. A wonderful comic novel on a par with Richard Russo, at once madcap and absurd, with a plot that is always engaging, compelling, and yes, heartwarming." -Richard Rushfield, author of On Spec