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Charlie Asher is a stunning general man with an ordinary existence, married to a vibrant and beautiful lady who truly loves him for his normalcy. They're even approximately to have their first baby. convinced, Charlie's doing okay—until humans begin losing useless round him, and all over the place he is going a depressing presence whispers to him from below the streets. Charlie Asher, it sort of feels, has been recruited for a brand new place: as loss of life.
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Every time a supermodel divorces her rock-star husband, the Beta Male secretly rejoices (or more accurately, feels great waves of unjustiﬁed hope), and every time a beautiful movie star marries, the Beta Male experiences a sense of lost opportunity. The entire city of Las Vegas—plastic opulence, treasure for the taking, vulgar towers, and cocktail waitresses with improbable breasts—is built on the selfdelusion of the Beta Male. And Beta Male self-delusion played no small part in Charlie ﬁrst approaching Rachel, that rainy day in February, ﬁve years before, when he had ducked into A Clean, Well-Lighted Place for Books to get out of the storm, and Rachel granted him a shy smile over a stack of Carson McCullers she was shelving.
Ray sighed. “Maybe I should search for another Web site. ” Charlie read down the page a little. “This woman has a master’s degree in English lit from Cambridge, Ray. And look at her. She’s gorgeous. And nineteen. ” “Hey, wait a minute. ” “No she’s not. ” Ray spun on the stool as if Charlie had poked him in the ear with a pencil. ” “Ray, look at her. ” Charlie pointed to the left side of the front window. “Ray, let me introduce you to Chinatown. Chinatown, this is Ray. ” Ray smiled, embarrassed.
The woman backed away from the counter, holding her purse be- a dirty job 43 fore her like a shield. ” Ray protested, as if to say that there was only one wack job on duty and he wasn’t it. Then she did it, she quickstepped to a rack of shoes and picked up a pair of size-twelve, red Converse All Stars. They, too, were glowing. ” Charlie tossed the frog over his shoulder to Ray, who fumbled it and almost dropped it. ” The tweed woman backed away toward the door, holding the sneakers behind her. Charlie stalked her down the aisle, taking the occasional grab at the All Stars.