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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sam Savage Narrator: Charles Bice Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The four-month odyssey of a literary lowlife. Set in middle America during the economic hard times of the Nixon era, this tragicomic, epistolary masterpiece chronicles everything Andrew Whittaker - literary journal editor, negligent landlord, and aspiring novelist - commits to paper over the course of four critical months. From his letters, diary entries, and fragments of fiction, to grocery lists and posted signs, we find our hero hounded by tenants and creditors, harassed by a loathsome local arts group, tormented by his ex-wife, and living on a diet of fried Spam, cupcakes, and Southern Comfort. Determined to redeem his failures and eviscerate his enemies, Whittaker hatches a grand plan. But as winter nears, his difficulties accumulate, and the disorder of his life threatens to overwhelm him.

A send-up of the literary life and the loneliness and madness that accompanies it, Sam Savage proves that all the evidence is in the writing, that all the world is, indeed, a stage, and that escape from the mind's prison requires a command performance.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alicia | 2/16/2014

    " This story was about me. Okay, so maybe I'm not a middle-aged, washed-up writer, but SOMEDAY! Seriously though, while reading you'll see this character go through some rather ugly stages, but you keep reading despite that, because it's just written that well. That's the beauty of this book - you see how ugly life can get, and you laugh. Not out of ridicule, but just because in some situations, you're laughing at yourself (or maybe it's just me...) It gets pretty pathetic in some parts, but push through, because the end is worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Renita D'Silva | 2/12/2014

    " Loved the humour in this book. It was one of the few books that made me laugh out loud. I kept on hoping for a happy ending which didn't come, but all in all it was a deliciously funny book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by c.vance | 2/8/2014

    " redundant without repeating anything attractive in style or form--- just... repetitively redundant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ula | 1/31/2014

    " Written only from the POV of the main character through letters he writes to people, I thought it would be hard to follow but it was a really quick and interesting read. Andy Whittaker is a self-centered, selfish, delusional, sexist, racist and totally unlikeable character yet Sam Savage manages to pull just a few tiny bits of sympathy for him here and there in the letters. Very well written and a good book I got from Powell's Indiespensable subscription. (woo woo go Powell's!) "

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