Jimmy Reardon - Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?

Jimmy Reardon - Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?

by William Richert
Jimmy Reardon - Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?

Jimmy Reardon - Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?

by William Richert


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What does a 17 year old teenager do when faced with debts resulting from a close brush with paternity, a father who is notoriously tight with a dollar, and a girl named Lisa who just might warm up if he can raise the plane fare to follow her to Hawaii?

The answer to these questions hurl a rather desperate 17 year old Jimmy Reardon, from the wrong side of the tracks in a posh Chicago suburb, on a 24 hour odessy as he tries to borrow from his "Saturday Habit" girl and his true girlfriend Lisa along with attempting a bit of a con on his employer and his employer's mother -- while along the way managing to seduce his father's mistress and get a beating from the school Hero -- a picaresque anti-hero is Jimmy Reardon, who finds himself in his search for escape. The book received rave reviews upon publication, with prose favorably compared to James Joyce and Kingsley Amis among others, and its author William Richert was feted by Enest Hemingway's wife as an heir apparent to the famous author. Mr. Richert never wrote another novel, and became a screenwriter, director and actor.

AREN'T YOU EVEN GONNA KISS ME GOODBYE?, a Kirkus Library Review top choice in 1966, was made into a film by William Richert in the 80's starring River Phoenix and a superb cast topped by Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger, Louanne, Matthew Perry, Ione Skye and Jason Court.

"As sweet as a dry Manhattan with twice the kick," wrote Shiela Benson in the LA Times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781979825900
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/16/2017
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 920,971
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

William Richert -- Author, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor and Director -- was given a tribute at Lincoln Center Film Society in 2011 and they described him this way: Wild Bill Richert is the New Hollywood Maverick:A bold, brash uncompromising figure in the tradition of Orson Welles and John Cassavetes, William Richert burst on to the Hollywood scene near the end of the storied 1970s, first as a screenwriter and then as director of the dazzling conspiracy opus Winter Kills. A critical triumph abandoned by its studio, the movie set the tone for Richert's career to come-a quartet of highly original, idiosyncratic American features that have maintained an almost clandestine existence, subject to poor distribution and myriad unauthorized versions.

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