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Fight for your long day : a novel

Author: Alex Kudera
Publisher: Kensington, Md. : Atticus Books, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In American pop culture, the handsome college professor is easy to spot. He's endearingly neurotic, his unfinished novel usually stuffs an expensive mahogany desk, and female students sigh in his wake. And even if it's not explicitly explained to us, the handsome college professor always has one other thing: tenure. But the further one moves down the academic totem pole, professors start to look very different. On  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Kudera
ISBN: 9780984510504 0984510508
OCLC Number: 671805187
Awards: 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the Mid-Atlantic Region, 2011
Description: 265 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Alex Kudera.

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In American pop culture, the handsome college professor is easy to spot. He's endearingly neurotic, his unfinished novel usually stuffs an expensive mahogany desk, and female students sigh in his wake. And even if it's not explicitly explained to us, the handsome college professor always has one other thing: tenure. But the further one moves down the academic totem pole, professors start to look very different. On the very bottom, lies a less dashing, less financially secure, and altogether less noticed figure: The adjunct professor. In Fight for Your Long Day, we meet Cyrus Duffleman--"Duffy" for short--an adjunct professor who can barely afford his two-room apartment. Forget about an unfinished novel: He'd be thrilled with health insurance. Still, he gamely shuffles to four urban universities each day to teach, and works a security guard graveyard shift once a week. Cobbled together, he can almost make a living. But today, Duffy's routine isn't quite so predictable. The cryptic mumblings of a possibly psychotic student. A bow-and-arrow assassination. A small government protest, then, a very large and violent one. Lunch with a homeless woman who claims to have been a 1950s film star. Frenzied attempts to spare his sanity (and safety)--all while a female coed quietly eyes him. Part A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole), part Straight Man (Richard Russo), Fight for Your Long Day is a promising debut from a new literary talent. It will resonate with anyone who has ever known, been taught by, felt sorry for, or lived the life of an adjunct professor. --Publisher description.

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