The Bones Greenland's terrific first novel explores the midlife crisis of Frank Bones, a brilliant but self-destructive comedian who lives with a surgically enhanced B actress named… The Bones Greenland's terrific first novel explores the midlife crisis of Frank Bones, a brilliant but self-destructive comedian who lives with a surgically enhanced B actress named… 2005-03-14 Fiction Bloomsbury
Book Review

The Bones (2005)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 14, 2005; Writer: Seth Greenland; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Bloomsbury

Greenland's terrific first novel explores the midlife crisis of Frank Bones, a brilliant but self-destructive comedian who lives with a surgically enhanced B actress named Honey, cheats on her with a waitress named Candi, smokes crack, and calls everyone ''babe.'' In his late 40s, he's been offered what is probably his last shot at career security: the lead in a schlocky sitcom about an Eskimo. Meanwhile, Lloyd Melnick, a vastly over-paid TV writer, faces a different kind of midlife crisis: He wants to ditch his cushy life-style and produce some raw, original art. The plot takes a nosedive in the last third, but this smart TV-biz satire delivers not just laughs, but some real emotional insight into its diverse, vividly drawn characters.

Originally posted Feb 28, 2005 Published in issue #809 Mar 04, 2005 Order article reprints
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