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In his second novel (after The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl, 2011), Schuster homes in on the travails of an unhappy grad student. Charley Schwartz can’t seem to finish his dissertation and has taken a ludicrous job at a bank that requires him to dress up as a dollar sign. When he learns that his friend Billy Chin has committed suicide, he determines that a memorial fund should be set up at their prep school in Billy’s honor. What he has trouble admitting to himself is that he is feeling incredibly guilty, aware that he had not been a good friend to Billy, and is now anxious to make amends. But the preparations only seem to fuel his bitterness, as he watches in despair while an old nemesis turns the tribute into a fund-raiser. Yet with the support of his loving wife and long-suffering best friend, Charley somehow manages to do the right thing without launching into one of his signature rants. What starts out as a broadly humorous satire of dysfunction evolves into a surprisingly tender look at loss and grief. --Joanne Wilkinson
Schuster s off-kilter portrait of a guy unsatisfied like the old Replacements song adds pivotal bite to the pre-programmed humor of his ensemble. --Kirkus
What starts out as a broadly humorous satire of dysfunction evolves into a surprisingly tender look at loss and grief. --Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
Like the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, Marc Schuster s The Grievers blends the post-juvenile humor of adults refusing to grow up with aching pathos and biting touches of genius. Comedy travels hand in hand with tragedy in this novel, neither any further away than the next page, but both singing in tune. --Cafe Libri
I loved this book. It was entertaining, kept me engaged, and made me ponder deeply. A story that takes you by surprise delivering much more than you expected, with humor, insight,... Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Maria Diaz
I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Grievers' - it's funny, poignant, and flows beautifully. Charley, our protagonist, is someone I think many people will identify with: so much potential,... Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Kasia James
Would I have walked right past this book in a shop giving it nary a second thought, assuming it to be another (oh dear lord, yet another) Twilight book? Yes. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Jenny Whiteman
Charley Schwartz, the man inside the dollar bill costume, has nothing going for him at all when he receives the sad news that an old school friend has committed suicide. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Shannon Pease