my take: There’s hardly a more pathetic main character than Benjamin Benjamin and a complete cast of wacky supporting actors … very much like an Anne Tyler novel.

Ben’s woeful situation becomes clearer as it’s slowly revealed …. It’s painfully sad and yet madcap – I laughed out loud several times. The road trip is priceless – hilarity and calamity seem equally possible around every bend in the road.

The chapters are short and at night I kept thinking “just another one” until it was quite late. This one had me thinking after I finished it … couldn’t quite shake it and start another book.

my source: recommended by The Bookman, Grand Haven

my verdict: Great read … touching, funny, depressing subject matter.