Crazy About Lili
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Crazy About Lili

Written by William WeintraubWilliam Weintraub Author Alert
Category: Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
ISBN: 978-0-7710-8917-6 (0-7710-8917-1)

Pub Date: September 12, 2006
Price: $21.00

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Crazy About Lili
Written by William Weintraub

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771089176
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About this Book

The author of City Unique takes us back to the wicked old Montreal of 1948 in this fine, funny novel, where an innocent seventeen-year-old McGill student falls
for a famous stripper

Catcher in the Rye meets Guys and Dolls”? Maybe.

Or how about “Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall comes to Mordecai Richler’s Montreal”? Close.

But best of all is simply this: “William Weintraub — friend of Richler, Moore, and Gallant — has quietly produced a mature comic masterpiece.”

Our hero, Richard Lippman, is about to enter McGill and is desperate for two things — a sense of direction in life and, much more important, sexual experience with a real, live girl. Unknown to his “refined” Westmount parents, he’s brought into the exciting Montreal world of burlesque and brothels by his Uncle Morty, who introduces him to Lili L’Amour, the star stripper of the day. Before you know it, he’s (a) head over heels in love with Lili and (b) using his poetic talents to write the text for her routine, and even giving her tips on how to move. Much follows, including his creation of “Freckles, The Girl Next Door,” a stripping sensation. By day a respectful McGill student courted by campus Communists, by night a free-spending night-club sampler and reviewer — well, it’s quite a year for Richard. And this is quite a novel for all of us. Watch for falling prizes.

From the Hardcover edition.

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NOMINEE 2006 - Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour

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Review Quotes

“It’s a happy publishing season that includes a new book by William Weintraub. The Sage of Montreal, a dignified presence with laughter in his eyes, is sure to provide pleasure, both in the matter and in the manner. . . . I don’t want to give away the story, which is full of surprises. What gives the novel its charm is partly the attractive personality of the protagonist, but also the author’s extensive and detailed knowledge of Montreal . . . which makes him the best of company.”
National Post

“Funny, farcical and thoroughly engaging . . . but Crazy About Lili is something more than a lighthearted pratfall into the sleazier side of memory lane. . . . Although a more casual achievement than Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz or Leonard Cohen’s The Favourite Game, which both eviscerate roughly the same period and the same types of people, Weintraub’s satire is as honest and insightful an account of obsessive behaviour and its out-of-kilter-with-the-rest-of-the-world consequences as the other two, and offers readers something they don’t: a remarkable affection for women who are deeper than their affectations.”
Globe and Mail

“Weintraub is adept at playing the historical tease, sprinkling in enough actual facts and local colour to give a soupçon of credence to his jocular coming-of-age tale. In Crazy About Lili, all is revealed one tantalizing page at a time, with a nudge and a wink.”
Montreal Gazette

“William Weintraub, that wily chronicler of wicked old Montreal and such former pals of Mordecai Richler, Brian Moore, and Mavis Gallant has a ball describing a freshman lad’s first year at McGill and his accompanying tour through the flesh pots hunting for ‘a sexual experience with a real, live girl.’ . . . Demands to be filmed.”
Toronto Star

Praise for:
Why Rock the Boat?
“Mr. Weintraub [is] a really first-rate farceur.”
New York Times

The Underdogs
“Weintraub achieves the glittering, cutting satire of an Evelyn Waugh.”
Ottawa Citizen

City Unique
“Reads like a sweet dream . . . a wonderful book.”
Quill & Quire

From the Hardcover edition.

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About this Author

William Weintraub was raised in Montreal and educated at McGill before becoming a journalist and later a filmmaker for the NFB. He is the author of two previous novels, Why Rock the Boat? and The Underdogs, and two non-fiction books, City Unique and Getting Started.

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