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Harry, Revised

A cocktail of comedy and melancholy, Harry, Revised is the hilarious and tender story of Harry Rent, a guilt-ridden, down-on-his-luck middle-aged widower, who tries to reinvent himself following his wife’s untimely death.

His emotional journey takes him from his own solipsistic and outrageously misdirected fantasies about a twenty-two-year-old waitress at his local greasy spoon, to the tenuous beginnings of an actual, personal transformation. At once deeply moving and darkly comedic, Harry, Revised is an extraordinary novel, by a wonderful, emerging talent, about the measure of a man’s worth.

Mark Sarvas
About the Author

Mark Sarvas is the founder of the popular litblog, The Elegant Variation, which Forbes and the Guardian have named one of the best blogs on the Web (

A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he’s written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, the Threepenny Review, and the Philadelphia Inquirer....

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2 June 2008
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Praise for Mark Sarvas
andHarry, Revised

‘As witty, erudite and outrageous as Waugh, with a flawed hero worthy of Roth. A marvellous, enviable debut.’

‘Funny and sad, rueful, wised-up and curiously moving. A remarkable debut.’