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The plot is about Bruce Gold, a middle-aged, Jewish professor of English literature, who finds himself on the threshold of a golden career in politics – and not a minute too soon, as Gold aches for a chance to transform a less-than-picture-perfect life.
What makes this book stand out?
As funny as it is sad, Good as Gold is a story of children grown up, parents grew old, and friends and lovers grown apart - a story that is inimitably Heller.
Read it for
Heller knows how to write about the everyday interactions between people, find the caustic remark, and make it an involving story. This may be Heller's most autobiographical work.
Don't read it for
It is gross and has only one character with any redemptive qualities, which is basically the victim.