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"The Punch will knock you out with its brilliant style, comic dilemmas, and savage wit. Everyone with a less-than-perfect family will relate." Po Bronson, author of Bombardiers: A Novel and What Should I Do With My Life?
"Noah Hawley writes irresistible fiction. I devoured The Punch in three hours flat, stopping only to marvel over the freshness of a phrase or the effortless wit of a line of dialogue." Mary Roach, author of Stiff and Bonk
"Like an American Martin Amis, Noah Hawley expertly rides the line between hilarity and horror and deftly mines his characters' secret longings their shame, hope, and desire. At times the story is so exquisitely uncomfortable you'll put your hands over your eyes, but you'll end up peeking between your fingers because it's so wickedly good." Tom Barbash, author of The Last Good Chance and On Top of the World
"Brotherly love never hurt so good" Kirkus Reviews
"Hawley sucks you in with his vivid, direct writing. His portrait of a dysfunctional family is at once insane, tender and hilarious." People Magazine: StyleWatch
In his third novel, Hawley (Other People's Weddings) traces the path of Scott and David Henry as they prepare for their father's memorial service. Younger brother Scott-stuck in a dead-end job, failing in love and a frequenter of San Francisco strip clubs-is saddled with his alcoholic, self-destructing mother, Doris, on their trip to New York. Scott's successful sales executive and closeted bigamist brother, David, shares Doris duty while navigating memorial service preparations and secretly juggling marriages on both coasts. Along the way, a family secret is revealed, two hotels are nearly blown up and the trio explores what it means to be a family. Unfortunately, Hawley's asides on physics, religion and the nature of time distract from the plot without adding to it, and the occasional dud sentence pops up ("Now they circle their wagons and eye each other warily from the high towers of their castles"). However, the characters-especially Doris-and humorously handled uncomfortable situations (as when David's two wives meet) somewhat mitigate these shortcomings, and the memorial service at the legendary White Horse Tavern provides a rollicking climax. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.