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Steve AmickBrilliant farce conveys a sense of the characters' agony, and that is true here. But there are also moments of gentle joy, and the author's affection for this little corner of the world can be infectious. Despite the calamitous-sounding title, this is ultimately the story of a man coping with flux by repositioning himself rather than letting himself be ruined. As richly satisfying as his first two books were (his other novel, Country of Origin, won both an Edgar and an American Book Award), Lee has outdone himself here. His prose moves and sparkles. He gives his characters a depth and thoroughness not commonly achieved by practitioners of the comic novel, a label that seems almost a disservice to a book as thoughtful as this one. Lee shows us, right from the outset, that these are people we're going to care about, even if we do enjoy watching them flounder.
—The Washington Post