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Postcards from a Dead Girl

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Terrific Debut

    Kirk Farber's debut Postcards From a Dead Girl is a compelling read that blends mystery with the darkly comic to tell the story of Sid, a hapless telemarketer trying to come to grips with mortality and his own tenuous grip on sanity. Is his true love dead or alive? Does his dog Zero really talk? Can he communicate with his dead mother via a bottle of wine? You'll stay up past your bed time reading to find the answers. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    This is an amusing often poignant tale

    His former girlfriend Zoe began sending Sid Higgins postcards from all over Europe. However, the cards are all over a year old and Zoe seems to have fallen off the face of the planet. He decides to travel to Europe to make sure zany Zoe is okay though he doubts he will locate her.

    Sid easily arranges his getaway as a perk working for a New Jersey travel agency. Before crossing the pond, he opens his soul to his boss, his neighbor, the mail carrier, his sister the physician and his best listener Zero the dog.

    This is an amusing often poignant tale that takes the audience deep inside of Sid although he can be irritating to the point fans will emulate his sister by shouting at him to get a life and move past a relationship that has been dead for a couple of years. Zero makes the story line fun with his precious reactions to his owner's tales of woe is me when all he wants is chow. Although Sid's obsession can be wearisome at times, Postcards from a Dead Girl is a profound character study.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    Postcards From A Dead Girl

    Sid is obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, Zoe who is sending him postcards from Europe. The only problem is that they are postmarked from a year ago, and nobody has heard or seen Zoe in all that time. Is Sid going crazy? This is what POSTCARDS FROM A DEAD GIRL by Kirk Farber makes us wonder. And it doesn't help that Sid's sister Natalie thinks he just may be. Farber's novel is delightfully written with enough humor to not make it sappy and or depressing.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    Strong Open, Look Forward to Further Work from this Author

    I picked this one up because I was intrigued by the plot premise - and the opening third of the book did not disappoint. Very unusual plot structure, with a ghostly Mom, a missing girlfriend, a preoccupied sister, and a strange neighborhood little girl - this author is very good in depicting women of all ages, they were are believable and memorable. But after the very strong open, the story slowed down a lot as the main character Sid traveled to Europe, then the plot ground to a halt after his return and his attempt to build a home mud bath in the yard - reading it, it felt like we were stuck in the mud with him, not much happens until there is a sudden, breathless chapter where the true fate of the missing girlfriend is revealed in a rush, almost like the way a child tells a story in a big rush just to get it over with. The ending was disappointing, as the main character literally runs away, and the ending seems tacked on, it does not ring true. Also - we learn again and again that Sid is a hypochondriac, but he never really gets help from his physician sister for his recurring neurological symptoms - a note to the author: if you bring up neurological symptoms, please confer with a doctor so that you have someting to go on, are you aware that you have described a real entity - the symptoms involving recurrent smells, inattention, blurred vision, fainting - all strongly suggest epilepsy, which does not show up on a CAT scan, so a physician reviewer would have advised you that Sid should have been seen by a neurologist (so much for the plot device of a physician sister - by the way, I am a physician, and I kept waiting for better health care for Sid, be sure that in real life, he would have had a neurological consult for a suspected diagnosis of epilepsy). If the latter parts of the book had matched the opening chapters, this would have been a masterpiece, even so, it is worth reading for the strong opening. For a first book, it is still quite an achievement, and I look forward to further work from this author.

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