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May1999
The Natural Man
by Ed McClanahan

The Natural Man is light-footed and exceptionally funny.... McClanahan develops [his theme] in a language more highly charged than any you’re likely to see this year.

—Peter Prescott, Newsweek

Superbly written, The Natural Man is about the business of being 15 and heterosexual and male anywhere in America at the beginning of the third quarter of this century. I predict it will eventually find its place among coming-of-age books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye. There are riches in this small masterpiece, not the least of which is the language itself—not a line flabby or wasted.

—Ivan Gold, The New York Times Book Review

Not since P.G. Wodehouse (though a much different vein) has a style shown such a bizarre blend of the colloquial and the elegant. One reads this novel for its marvelous prose and its multitude of superb comic creations. First novel or not, The Natural Man is one of the most accomplished pieces of prose I have come across in some time.

—David Guy, USA Today

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