55 Highlander Dr.
Plains, New Jersey -07076
- Author: Richard R. Karlen
- Date of Publication: September 15,
- Price: $15.00 plus cost of shipping
- Number of pages: 243 text
- ISBN: 0-9660831-2-1
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- Printer: McNaughton & Gunn, Saline,
- 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
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.