Jacob M. Appel

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Biography

Jacob M. Appel is the author of three literary novels, seven short story collections, an essay collection, a cozy mystery, and a thriller. Jacob currently teaches at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

 

 

 


Schedule

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room E
Discussion
Short Stories: Thematic Collections

Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


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The Amazing Mr. Morality: Stories

The Amazing Mr. Morality features tenacious men and women whose determination to buck middle-class social convention draws them toward unforeseen challenges. A failed television producer insists upon having a woodchuck relocated from his lawn, only to receive desperate letters in which the woodchuck begs to return. An overconfident ne’er-do-well obtains a lucrative lecture invitation intended for a renowned ornithologist and decides to deliver the speech himself. An innocuous dispute over whether to rename a local street opens up racial fault lines that prove deadly. 

The collection concludes with the title novella in which two unscrupulous ethicists, writing rival newspaper columns, seek to unseat each other by addressing questions such as: If you’re going to commit a murder, is it worse to kill when the victim is sleeping or awake?

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