FIXER

A Novel by Ed Brodow


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Fixer - A Novel by Ed Brodow

Fixer reviewed by Nanette Donohue, Historical Novel Society

Harry Leonnoff is a born underdog, the child of Russian Jewish immigrants living in New York City. Stricken with polio as a young boy, Leonnoff compensates for his weak legs by becoming the toughest kid in the neighborhood-and the one who always stands up for the weaker kids. As an adult, he's still the man who stands up for the weakest members of society and takes a stand against discrimination. While Leonnoff's willingness to stand up for others earns him many fans and admirers, he also finds himself making powerful enemies -- particularly New York City's powerful mayor, Fiorello La Guardia.

This biographical novel, loosely based on the life of Brodow's grandfather, is a quick, entertaining read. Leonnoff is a larger-than-life character, and his willingness to risk his life and livelihood to protect and assist others is admirable. His life isn't without its tragedies -- his crusades against injustice have a negative effect on his family life, and crossing the wrong people too many times can only lead to trouble. The era between World War I and World War II was a time of political and social change in the United States, and I suspect that many cities had their own version of Harry Leonnoff. Readers who enjoy brisk biographical fiction with strong characters will appreciate Fixer.


 
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