John had expected, maybe even hoped for, a little something more to herald his arrival--some burning crosses or lynch mobs on the lawn, a coven of Methodists to picket his re-entry, a banner-wielding committee from the school board, anything at all. But to his disbelief, he found the streets quiet and empty.The streets don't stay that way for long as the tale truly turns on the garbage strike organized by John and his gang of fellow misfits. As a result, Baker comes apart at the seams and all the citizenry reveal their true natures. In his singular debut, Tristan Egolf demonstrates an unschooled flair for storytelling, which earned him accolades--and even a comparison to Céline--when the novel was published in France. True, his characters are cutouts with few surprises, including dialogue (there isn't any). But there is plenty of room in these pages to admire a wild and imaginative look at a slice of life cut from the underbelly of Middle America. --Schuyler Engle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The author of this book committed suicide, years after writing this book. You can tell after reading it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sean Dial
Outstanding.. Hilarious.. Definitely my favourite book of all time!Published 4 months ago by Mr DD Barr
When I finished the book, curious to know something about Egolf's career, I googled and was appalled to learn that he died a suicide in 2005 at age 33, with two novels published... Read morePublished 12 months ago by D. E. Tingle
This is hand down the funniest book I have ever read. I almost fell out of my chair reading it.Published on March 9, 2013 by Gerard S. Murphy
(On behalf of the Revolving Door Book Club) This is an ambitious debut covering the trials and tribulations of John Kalterbunner, an outcast with incredible bad luck, as his young... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Carrie J. Bylina
i read this book years ago and managed to lose it somehow and so i bought it again.
Written beautifully, took me a while to get into it but by the 2nd chapter i was hooked,... Read more
Pretty good. A bit overwhelmed, and distracted, with the many subplots. I felt it deviated from interesting characters. Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by R. Burns
This was one of the funnest books I've read, the lead character is a Tom Sawyer/Count of Montecristro for our time. Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by Bob
My friend gave me this book when I was around 13. I loved it. Read it a few years later; still loved it. Re-read it a few months ago - still love it. Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by A. Einbinder