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WASHINGTON POST WRITER
Beast of Love:
"You're a drunk, you're a womanizer, you're lazy-"
I raise an index finger.
"A point of clarification," I note.
"You forgot Godless."
"And you can't take anything seriously," she steams.
"Thank you," I say, tipping a hat that isn't there.
And so it goes between Miles and Sunny, warring next-door neighbors in an uproarious comedy about the urban mating ritual. Miles, a public relations executive in Chicago, is a slothful Lothario who relishes his self-image as a dishonest, shallow and vain anti-hero. Sunny, though, forces him to reconsider all of that. Along the way, Miles concocts an elaborate PR scheme, ventures into the wilderness and finds himself attached to the leash of an unwanted mutt. There's only one way to extricate himself.
Can he change, even if he doesn't mean to?
Beast of Love is a tale about looking for love . . . and finding grace.
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About the Author: Alec Klein is an award-winning journalist, playwright and author. His first book, Stealing Time: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Collapse of AOL Time Warner, was an acclaimed national bestseller that is being translated into Japanese, has been published in Chinese, and was excerpted in Great Britain. His book, required reading in several college courses across the nation, was selected as one of the “Best Business Books” of 2003 by Library Journal and Strategy + Business.
As a playwright, his comedies have been
performed in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, and elsewhere.
Klein, a staff writer at The Washington Post, started as a newspaper reporter at The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) before moving on to The Baltimore Sun and then The Wall Street Journal. He is now an investigative business reporter at The Washington Post, where his work has led to various reforms, congressional action, millions in fines and criminal convictions. He has won numerous national awards. Klein is a frequent guest speaker on various writing, media and business issues. He teaches at Georgetown University and conducts workshops throughout the country.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, Alec Klein was born in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., and raised in New York City. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Julie-Ann.