One of the funniest books I've ever read.
Pete Tarslaw plans to exact revenge on his ex-girlfriend by becoming a famous novelist and overshadowing her at her own wedding. So now he just has to write a best-seller--which, of course, anyone with half a brain and a talent for b.s.-ing can do.
Here are some examples of Pete's competition from a list of bestsellers Hely made up:
Blow. On a deep-sea exploration vessel, an oceanographer falls in love with a trained dolphin.And here's a sampling from a list of things that happen when Pete gets drunk at his ex-girlfriend's wedding:
They Play Red Rover in Heaven. A grouchy old man discovers the afterlife is a lot like the summer camp he tried to have closed.
Declared myself to be an amateur chef. By way of demonstration, poured vodka all over Lucy's sea bass. When she protested, proclaimed that her palate was "unrefined."Not only is the story hilarious, it leads to some surprising revelations about the sincerity with which authors write books ridiculous enough to be called Kindness to Birds and The Jane Austen Women's Investigators Club. Fans of the very funny Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris will love it.
Grove Press, Black Cat (July 8, 2009)