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The Winners Circle [Paperback]

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Striking it rich is as much a part of American folklore as it is the American dream. For unemployed autoworker Jerry Nearing, it's the answer to his prayers, but when he wins millions in the lottery, his troubles have only begun. His life swarms with con artists who kidnap his time and money and just might keep him from recapturing the love of his life. Klim's best comic drama since Jesus Lives in Trenton examines the necessity for love, while poking fun at the many ways to be miserable in the lap of luxury. "Like Klim's previous two novels, it's hard to put down until you're done. ... a well-wrought story well told." Thomas E. Kennedy, International Editor StoryQuarterly

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Pages   252
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 13, 2005
Publisher   Hopewell Publications
ISBN  193343502X  
ISBN13  9781933435022  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Klim, as a physicist for the space program, worked on satellite planetary exploration, until departing for the commercial sector to help develop cutting-edge communications technologies.

Christopher Klim currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Christopher Klim was born in 1962.

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Readers: Where to Look for Reading  Jul 16, 2006
Three months ago, a major freelance reviewer confided that "perhaps most of the great new voices are now found with smaller presses." This is a major change from even five years ago when small presses were a haven for new writers, veteran authors on the decline, and esoteric books of limited appeal. It appears that the major publishing world has broadened their spectrum to the flavor of vanilla. They now prepackage writers by genre, style, and even race--but they all somehow look the same. Furthermore, books are meant to be read and tossed aside before the ink dries, and by tossed aside, I mean forgotten, erased from one's mind because they pose no challenge, not even a mere question, to one's life or way of thinking. It's little wonder that devoted fans of the big ten authors purchase the same book in a different cover and then take twenty pages or more to realize they've read it already.

On the other hand, THE WINNERS CIRCLE is an old story in a bracing new update for our times that comes on sneaky fast and works beneath your skin for a lingering aftertaste of thought and emotion. No surprise, it's from a small press--Hopewell Publications. No surprise again that I'd never head of them, but as I jumped the Internet and reviewed their catalogue, I discovered that they were the home of not only a handful of intriguing titles but also of that irascible author Robert Gover (One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding) and the American genius Eric Hoffer (The Ordeal of Change). Wow! It was great to see these books still in print, and wow, I guess I was getting old. But back to Klim...

Christopher Klim is an author whose titles you cannot resist taking into your hands (i.e. JESUS LIVES IN TRENTON & EVERYTHING BURNS), and at first glance, they suggest biting satire or at least commercial madcap wit, but I forget that the publishing bureaucracy isn't printing books like his any longer. So if you want to find the Klim's of the world, you better get digging. And digging I did, and I'm glad for it.

THE WINNERS CIRCLE, named for an AA-like therapy group for lottery winners, shows the life and times of Jerry Nearing after he scores millions in one of those all-to-prevalent interstate lotteries. From the moment that he gathers enough money choke a dozen horses, the world comes to his door to help him out of his riches. With Klim's eye for realistic dialogue and over-the-top scenarios, Jerry Nearing rides the rapids of wealth and loses everything important in the process, or does he? I cannot spoil the ending that is just as believable but unpredictable as the story. Kudos, Klim, I'm going to check out your other titles. I think I'll begin with JESUS LIVES IN TRENTON.

Final Note: I am highly suspicious of the Publisher's Weakly review. It reads as if they didn't get beyond the first three chapters. And I wouldn't be surprised. (See my review of Klim's WRITE TO PUBLISH.) If you are looking for an enjoying and at times all out laughter of a read, do not hesitate to pick up this title, which should have been a bestseller and still just might become one. At least, Klim will. You can count on it.
A clever and witty depiction of just how winning the lottery may not have strictly beneficial factors for the winner  Mar 10, 2006
The Winners Circle by Christopher Klim is a clever and witty depiction of just how winning the lottery may not have strictly beneficial factors for the winner. For unemployed Jerry Nearing, winning the lottery seems to be the perfect resolution to many of the problems in his life that need solving. Perhaps though, to his surprise, winning the lottery seems only an excuse for the karma coming toward him for some kind of cosmic payback just when everything seems suddenly so perfect. In losing his money to con artists, and other complications, Jerry may lose what is more important to him -- the love of his life. Clearly establishing author Christopher Klim as an author of considerable storytelling talent, The Winners Circle is perfect reading for those who enjoy the irony of satire.
Recommended  Nov 20, 2005
Readers of Klim--dubbed the "New Jersey chronicler" by none other than Publishers Weekly and Time Out--have been waiting for Klim to blend his unique insight, comedy, and sense of the absurd into an entertaining story. The Winners Circle is just that. I'd like to say that each scene is funnier than the next, but that would be belittling the novel as a mere laugh fest, which at times it indeed is. ... Jerry Nearing is unemployed and down on his luck, who resorts to shoveling horse manure for a living, and if that's not bad enough, he wins millions in the interstate lottery. Why would that be bad? You have to understand that most people who win the lottery wind up bankrupt sooner rather than later. True. Add to the losing equation a parade of conmen, heartbreak, and lovable losers who flock to Jerry life flies to sugar. It all works out, but as in real life, not like we expect. ... Klim's previous novel, Everything Burns, was a dark tour into the soul of a compulsive fire starter. The book's drastic change in style, although a coveted read in cult mystery circles, managed to drive his fan base into the woods. We're all glad to see him back to form. Bravo!
Looking for the next best seller?  Oct 28, 2005
The Winners Circle is a great, fun read with believable, engaging characters that you care about, a story that gives you a taste of what sudden wealth may bring, and subtle messages woven in-between all the clever dialog and amusing action.

J. J. Jennis
A lively story that perfectly blends humor and pathos  Sep 23, 2005
While JESUS LIVES IN TRENTON and EVERYTHING BURNS sparked the desire for more, THE WINNERS CIRCLE is sure to cinch Christopher Klim's place among the top humor novelists of the day. He skillfully performs the difficult task of blending humor and pathos while telling a lively tale peopled with a variety of enjoyable characters.

Jerry Nearing was drifting through his life, married to Chelsea (his grade school sweetheart), living on a run-down farm, collecting and selling manure for a living, and getting sick and tired of jokes about his lousy job. Then fate intervenes and he wins the lottery --- not just the measly state lotto but the $32 million grand prize. Jerry is the kind of guy who probably would have fixed up the farm and simply continued to live his life as before. But Chelsea has other ideas and is soon getting face-lifts and boob jobs, ready to abandon the farm and head for the high life.

Enter Haskell Cogdon, a lottery winner groupie who charms his way into their lives and is soon making moves on the new and improved Mrs. Nearing. As a result, Jerry gets involved in The Winners Circle, a weekly group therapy session for lottery winners run by Dick Leigh, a psychologist who personally understands the pitfalls of sudden wealth. There he meets and befriends Tom Veris, who already has lost most of his fortune through bad investments and several disastrous mistakes.

Throw in a lovely, lascivious, licentious nurse with designs on Jerry, his cagey old codger of a neighbor named Jacob, and Christopher Klim's unique way of mixing them all together with poignant stories from his childhood and laugh-out-loud paparazzi chases, and you have one delightful story. His humorist's eye for detail and his writer's skill are sure to make THE WINNERS CIRCLE a well-deserved success.

--- Reviewed by Maggie Harding, a substance abuse counselor in Phoenix, AZ who wanted to be Brenda Starr before life intervened. She reviews for and [...]

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