A midsummer morning, Brooklyn, 1955. Oscar Carnovsky, a respectable (yet hardly distinguished) middle-aged man, leaves for work in the usual fashion: takes his share of the morning paper, kisses his wife goodbye, and waves back as he turns the corner of Linden Boulevard. He has done it precisely this way five thousand times.

This particular morning, however, he waves from the corner and is not seen again, nor is he heard from, for years. Decades later (at Oscar’s funeral) his daybooks come to light—a record of the missing years and of his life as The Invisible Mensch.

This unremarkable man will soon become an unforgettable character as you accompany him on his flight through the 1950s in a highly original second novel from Larry Duberstein, whose earlier work, The Marriage Hearse, was hailed by the critics.


Mitch Cullin

Mitch Cullin

Born in New Mexico during the "crossfire hurricane" year of 1968, Mitch Cullin is the author of eight books of fiction, including the novel-in-verse BranchesThe Cosmology of Bing,Undersurface, and the globe-spanning story collection From the Place in the Valley Deep in the Forest. To date, his books have been translated into 14 languages.


  • book: The Cosmology of Bing
  • book: Branches
  • book: UnderSurface
  • book: Whompyjawed

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