They have taken Alan to Stephanie’s place, as Tom describes how he got to this part of the world. We switch back and forth momentarily between what Tom understands and what he is a witness to. Alan is killing himself one bender at a time. But neither drugs or booze will do the job right.
She tells me that they are both stuck in this college town, teaching tidy little classes meant for people with no real goal above teaching. They want a divorce she tells me, and I wonder aloud, (weirdly I’m not out of breath), why? They’re cool with it she says, as we jog in place at a traffic light. It turns green, we take off again, and she keeps telling me more about Kathleen.
I loved this short novel about Finch, a corporate drone fired from his job creating fake lives in the blogosphere to promote his company’s products. He receives an offer from an eccentric gazillionaire to become the man’s “garden hermit” and heads down the road to completely removing himself from social contacts. A sort of Walden meets Being There.
It’s like friendship really is if we could live out several dimensions of it at once. And do you really need to have the finished version? I’d rather have three or four versions of the same story without an ending than one story with a decisive conclusion. Love the mess.
At first you might see this book as pornography. I suppose if it helps you pick the book up then that’s okay. This is a razor sharp snapshot of several families, circa: right now. It examines every inch of their personalities, from eating disorders to sexual frustrations to the local PTA. It also showers you with more graphic sex than anyone could possibly handle. In the words of Kate Christensen, “it’s unputdownable.”
Some titles have to make their own way in the world almost exclusively on the strength of the work itself, and the power of good old fashioned word-of-mouth. Since we love the spirit of independence around here, we thought we’d give you something a little different than the run- of-the-mill “best of” list this year.