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Everybody Says Hello Paperback – April 16, 2012

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About the Author

Michael Kun is the critically acclaimed author of The Locklear Letters (a BookSense #1 selection) and You Poor Monster (a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a Borders Original Voices selection, and Baltimore magazine s selection as the best novel of 2006), among other works of fiction and non-fiction. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications for more than two decades. In addition to practicing law, he currently writes about the National Football League for The Washington Post website. He, his wife Amy and their daughter Paige live in Los Angeles California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Livingston Pr (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604890878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604890877
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,089,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An epistolary "catching up" with Sid Straw, Kun's character from similarly-penned The Locklear Letters. This is a breezy read, excelling in character development (Sid) and the slow-motion comedic train wreck (similar to Curb Your Enthusiasm) that the reader sees unfolding before him. Kun digs away at the conflict of where good natured, but perhaps daft, people (Sid) rely upon others (or institutions) who stubbornly don't fulfill their end of the bargain. Who hasn't been there?

Sid Straw is not Joseph K. or Gregor Samsa, but if Kafka wanted a funny book to read, this would be my recommendation.

Prior reading of The Locklear Letters should be a prerequisite for this book, as it explains Sid's beginning, and how he has a real (but realistically platonic) relationship with Heather Locklear.

Kun's deconstruction of both Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards are reasons enough to buy this book.
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There are only three words to describe this uproarious, hilarious, and endearing novel: uproarious, hilarious, and endearing.

There are 3 types of people who should read Everybody Says Hello:

If you are a Michael Kun fan (and who isn't?), Everybody Says Hello will fan the flames of your fandom.
If you enjoyed The Locklear Letters (and who didn't?), you will adore Everybody Says Hello.
If you love Jewish humor written by gentiles (and who doesn't?), you will kvel as if the author were your youngest child.

Everybody Says Hello is such a fabulous book that it reduces even the most pompous critics to spewers of blurbs. For example:

The funniest letters since St. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians!
Reads so fast you will finish it in one sitting . . . even if you are not constipated!
Delivers at least two laughs per page, even on those pages with only one word!
Epitomizes the epistolary novel: All pistols appearing in the first chapter are fired in the last chapter!
Best use of the color yellow (Yellow Pages, Yellow Cake, yellow narrator) since Alice Walker's The Color Yellow.
Examines what people really mean when they say "Everybody Says Hello"!
Provides the most incisive survey of American hotels and motels since Lolita!
Read it before Denise Richards sues the author for defamation of character!
Read it before the author counter-sues Denise Richards for defamation of character!
(Spoiler alert) The book not only has a happy ending, it ends happily!

Michael Kun, you are the Big Ka-Kun-a!
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Michael Kun has done it again. All the hallmarks of the Kun Style are here--the deft use of irony, the laugh out loud humor with the unexpected turns into pathos, the inventive technique.

I'm amazed at how he can weave a whole complicated story in this epistolary style, especially when told exclusively form one perspective, that of the inimitable Sid Straw. The reader is left to fill in blanks as he complains about stationary, commits outrageous faux pas about coworkers, befriends transvestites and frets over vandalizing yellow pages. Kun gives just enough information for us to imagine the whole messy world Sid is muddling through, and never lapses into staged or situational writing.

Through all we're told a moving story of a rather clueless but decent guy looking to find his share of happiness in an often indifferent or sometimes hostile world. You'll be pulling for Sid the whole way!
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It’s soulful, it’s laugh out loud funny, it’s cringe-inducing… it’s Kun at his best, once again with the beloved bur-under-your-saddle protagonist Sid Straw. This sequel was so fitting and satisfying. To say I loved it would be an understatement—I was sad when it was over until I realized that I could read it again, and the story endured itself to me ever more. What did I love so much about it? The prolific use of personal stationary? The favors that were paid back & forward & back again? Perhaps. But it was truly how Kun explored the dichotomies of life and love and the adventure in simple daily tasks—and of course, the relationships and friendships that give value at each turn. At the heart of book for me was the unstated question—can Sid Straw win at life? While he “loses” at so many other society and socially-deemed customs, can he win not just at life in general, but at the life that he’s created for himself? It was a heartwarming, ironic and funny journey that answers that question and many more (that you may or may not what answered, I might add). Please can somebody make a movie out of these books already?!? I’m throwing my wallet in rising endorsement. Buy & read this book now. It’s time well spent.
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"Everybody Says Hello" is a page-turner of a book...not just because some of the pages have a single word on them. As Kun unveils the story of Sid Straw's relocation from Baltimore to LA, things unfold at such a fast pace, and in such an unpredictable way, that you can't stop reading. Sid is almost someone you dont like, yet the way that he is portrayed, you have no choice but to root for him to succeed, no matter what life, or stationery challenges he faces. It has been a while since Sid was introduced to the world in "The Locklear Letters" and I am glad to have learned what he has been up to, and that his exploits are even more entertaining than the last go round. I can only hope that there will be more to come!
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