The Winners Circle
While JESUS LIVES IN TRENTON and EVERYTHING BURNS sparked the desire for more, THE WINNERS CIRCLE is sure to cinch Christopher Klim's place among the top humor novelists of the day. He skillfully performs the difficult task of blending humor and pathos while telling a lively tale peopled with a variety of enjoyable characters.
Jerry Nearing was drifting through his life, married to Chelsea (his grade school sweetheart), living on a run-down farm, collecting and selling manure for a living, and getting sick and tired of jokes about his lousy job. Then fate intervenes and he wins the lottery --- not just the measly state lotto but the $32 million grand prize. Jerry is the kind of guy who probably would have fixed up the farm and simply continued to live his life as before. But Chelsea has other ideas and is soon getting face-lifts and boob jobs, ready to abandon the farm and head for the high life.
Enter Haskell Cogdon, a lottery winner groupie who charms his way into their lives and is soon making moves on the new and improved Mrs. Nearing. As a result, Jerry gets involved in The Winners Circle, a weekly group therapy session for lottery winners run by Dick Leigh, a psychologist who personally understands the pitfalls of sudden wealth. There he meets and befriends Tom Veris, who already has lost most of his fortune through bad investments and several disastrous mistakes.
Throw in a lovely, lascivious, licentious nurse with designs on Jerry, his cagey old codger of a neighbor named Jacob, and Christopher Klim's unique way of mixing them all together with poignant stories from his childhood and laugh-out-loud paparazzi chases, and you have one delightful story. His humorist's eye for detail and his writer's skill are sure to make THE WINNERS CIRCLE a well-deserved success.