Mr. Monkey by Francine Prose 304 pages

The title refers to a mediocre musical adapted from a popular children’s book being performed off off off Broadway.  Prose uses each chapter to describe a character associated with the play-actors, director, author and audience.  There is the twelve year old boy playing Mr. Monkey who is just beginning to feel the joy and angst of adolescence, the professional actress who is upset that she is working with amateurs, the widower who brings his five year old grandson to the production, and several more.  All of the characters are sympathetic, and each chapter successfully moves the plot forward, however; there’s no “aha” moment.  I finished the novel and thought, “good, fun, so what.”

Mr. Monkey by Francine Prose 304 pages

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