Grumpy Old Men with a Coffee Buzz!
As senior citizens go, Teddy Greenwald might be described as a former class clown with life experience. Ray Starck is a only slightly more serious – sort of like the one kid in a mischievous group who somehow never gets caught. Their friendship has endured through more than a dozen Presidents, marriages, careers, innumerable bottomless cups of coffee and, not least, one another.
With so much shared history, the pair carries with them a vast treasure trove of memories. Some are great fun to dust off and reminisce about every once in awhile. A few of those memories, though, are secretly happier kept well below the surface.
When an old school friend decides to make a movie based on their lives, however, Ray and, especially Teddy, are forced to look back on themselves in vivid Technicolor. They find that facing your own life – past, present, and diminishing future – in one sitting can be considerably more challenging than it appears on the silver screen.
In the spirit of A Man Called Ove, Joel Bresler’s charmingly funny novel is a series of journeys between present and past, with characters who are amusing yet recognizable. They still have a taste for adventure, as long as it doesn’t require too much bending.
Targeted Age Group:: 21+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Bottomless Cups was inspired by a combination of Simon & Garfunkel's song, "Old Friends/Bookends", and youthful imaginings of myself as an old man.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters are composites of friends I grew up with.
"He did not have an accent!"
"O.K., so it only sounded like he had an accent."
"He was my father, for crying out loud. Wouldn't I know whether or not he had an accent?"
"One would think. Anyhow, I'm only saying…"
"Well, say it without the accent. And for the record, he didn't have one."
"If you say so."
"I say so. You know, it feels like we've been having this conversation for the last fifty years."
"This particular conversation, or the one about your dad's accent?"
"Both. And my father – oh, just forget it!"
Some conversations seemingly do go on forever. Others possess that unique replayability which makes them only feel that way. Over the course of their seven decades of close acquaintance, Teddy Greenwald and Ray Starck had accumulated an impressive collection of both varieties, though they would undoubtedly have found themselves hard-pressed to agree entirely on which was which.
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