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Author: Richard R. Karlen
Date of Publication: September 15, 2001
Price: $15.00 plus cost of shipping and handling
Number of pages: 243 text
ISBN: 0-9660831-2-1
Library of Congress Control Number: 2001088267
Printer: McNaughton & Gunn, Saline, Michigan
Cover collage: Kim Karlen
Cover design: HM FotoGraf/x

This book is intended for the adult market to include both college students and the general reading public.


Author Dr. Richard R. Karlen was born and lived most of his childhood and adolescence in the Weequahic section of Newark, NJ.  After returning from Korea and Japan in 1960 where he served in the Air Force, he spent the next thirty-five years of his life practicing dentistry in the Ironbound section of Newark.  From his experience as a lifelong citizen of Newark emerges the story of ANSWER MAN.

ANSWER MAN is a subjective study of an unpretentious, ordinary man who dares to challenge an unjust social and economic system.  It is 1981, the year in which Ronald Reagan first assumed the presidency.  America was only beginning to recover from the physical and psychological deterioration arising from the race riots of the Sixties and the Vietnam War that ended for the US in 1973.

In exploring the life of the novel’s protagonist, George Grossman, we discover the city of Newark searching for a way to recover from the violence of the Sixties, which had left it near bankruptcy, and precipitated a mass migration to the suburbs. How Grossman deals with his own personal dilemmas within this broader picture of urban decay is the essence of this novel.  


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