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A Changed Man by Francine Prose

The titular character in Francine Prose's A Changed Man is neo-Nazi skinhead Vincent Nolan. He walks into the New York offices of the human rights nonprofit foundation, World Brotherhood Watch, run by a charismatic Holocaust survivor, Meyer Maslow. Vincent tells him he's a changed man and tells Meyer, "I want to help you guys save guys like me from becoming guys like me." He didn't tell Meyer he's stolen his cousin's truck and cash and drugs from his neo-Nazi compatriots. Meyer, though, realizes he has a man who can provide the publicity to help his flagging efforts of fund-raising and his book sales. He tells his chief of fund-raising, Bonnie Kalen, to take him into her household so that they don't lose him. Bonnie, though, is a recently divorced woman with two boys and she's frazzled from trying to cope with it all. While Vincent is the one who wants to change, he also changes the lives of the new people in his life. A Changed Man has received mostly positive reviews with Entertainment Weekly saying, "Prose creates a warm and busy microcosm of erring and atoning. While she's at it, she also conjures a particular, sharply drawn universe of liberal-leaning New Yorkers who don't always behave well in the process of doing good -- all of them redeemed by her amused, caring touch."
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