I have now read this book twice and, with both readings, finished it in one sitting. This hilarious and heartbreaking novel will make you laugh out loud and then cry so much you'll go through an entire box of Kleenex (or, maybe that's just me). Anddddd that's all I'm going to tell you because I promise it's just one of those books that is best approached--like most worthwhile things in life--by taking a chance and letting the story lead you where it will.
Whorton is one of those rare authors I read and lose the sensation of turning pages, slipping into his quirky worlds past the printed page. Here he creates a kind of redneck "Alice in Wonderland," each character more startling and vivid than the last. But what most surprises is how deeply Whorton causes you to care about--and cheer on--these fragmented but tenacious and hopeful personalities.
Heart break is hard, especially when you're Roscoe Winston--cursed with kind of memory that never blurs or fades. Each day the pain is fresh as the last. So he's spent the last ten years avoiding Simone, and she's avoided him...except now he's a key component to the federal case that Simone is trying to build, and she can't afford to stay away from him anymore. Reid's writing is funny and smart, often making me actually laugh out loud. Her characters are interesting, brilliant and quirky--the kind you want to go back and visit again and again. (Reid is also a local independent author!) She has become an instabuy author for me.
If watching the Daily Show in 2018 feels like pelting rocks against the bloodstained blade of an IDF bulldozer, Chapo is here with a dose of the hard stuff.
I'm cracking up right now just thinking of this book. It's hilarious. And big-hearted, with wonderful characters and yes, some tragedy. And did I mention it's funny? One of my favorite books of the last ten years.
- Yes, the author is related to the famed Udall political family of the west!
- His New Yorker article, "Big Love," was the basis for the HBO series of the same name!