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So what's a nice Jewish boy like Ira Goldstein doing managing a flashy Puerto Rican boxer named Jesus? What is his mother doing in the arms of Solomon, the scrap-metal king of Detroit? And what, for toppers, is J. Edgar Hoover doing in a chair suspended over a boxing ring in Havana, Cuba? Charge it all to zip - that elusive form of human energy that makes hearts leap, cash flow, ideologies tremble, the world go round. Ira could sure use some zip, so he tries to find it.

"It would have been enough if Max Apple had written the simple comic novel that Zip at first glance appears to be. Instead he has given us something far richer and far more daring." - Texas Monthly

"... an extraordinary paradox - a tender wit, a kindly satirist, a laughing stringency, a saintly critic. Apple is among the sweetest of all literary companions: it's both salubrious and delightful to visit inside his sharp, ironic, loving soul." - Cynthia Ozick

"Tender and crazy... Zip is good for you. It's a novel that can tickle us all." - The New York Times Book Review

Max Apple has published three collections of stories The Oranging of America, Free Agents, and The Jew of Home Depot, two novels, Zip and The Propheteers, and two books of non-fiction, Roommates, and I Love Gootie. Roommates was made into a film as were two other screenplays, Smokey Bites the Dust and The Air Up There. Five of his books have been New York Times Notable Books. His stories and essays are widely anthologized and have appeared in Atlantic, Harpers, Esquire, and many literary magazines and in Best American Stories and Best Spiritual Writing. His essay, "The American Bakery" was selected by the New York Times as one of the best to appear in the first 100 years of the Book Review. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. His Ph.D. is in 17th century literature. He has given readings at many universities and taught at Michigan, Stanford, NYU, Columbia, and Rice University where he held the Fox Chair in English.


Used availability for Max Apple's Zip

Hardback Editions

July 1978 : USA Hardback

Title: Zip
Author(s): Max Apple
ISBN: 0-670-79692-1 / 978-0-670-79692-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

February 1986 : USA Paperback

Title: Zip: A Novel of the Left and Right
Author(s): Max Apple
ISBN: 0-446-34179-7 / 978-0-446-34179-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Pub
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