A Changed Man – Francine Prose


This book was published in 2005, before I even heard of her and before reading her latest “Goldengrove” this past fall. And when I read it, I fell in love with her writing.

In A Changed Man, the premise of the story is of a former neo – nazi gang person comes to the offices of the Brotherhood Watch, and wants to help them with what he has learned from being a member in the ARM. Vincent’s mission is to “save guys like him to becoming guys like him.”

When she shows up, they are alarmed to say the least and not sure what to think Vincent is invited into their fold and meets the head of the organization Mayer Maslow who is a Holocaust survivor, and built the foundation that he has founded to save people – “One Heart, One Person, at a time”.

Seemingly, he does start to change and become the person he wants to be, gets a desk job at the foundation talking about the organization he belonged, to be able to give them insight into what and how they work and think to be able to save more people like him.

This book was engaging, full of controversial ideas, and a really good read. It raised quite a few good points as well for being a work of fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is the 4th book I have read for the Warm Up To Winter Reading Challenge.


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