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Readers who laughed at the acknowledgments in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius will find a similar comic talent at work in Michael Kun's novel, You Poor Monster. Kun's narrator is Hamilton Ashe, a young corporate attorney who takes a case he doesn't much want: the contentious divorce of a charming but mercurial neighbor -- a man who will not, under any circumstances, take no for an answer. Unable to resist this larger-than-life persona, Hamilton becomes drawn into the extraordinary world of Sam Shoogey, a self-described war hero, former college football star, and current bestselling author.
But the truth of Shoogey's life has become increasingly difficult for Hamilton to ascertain, forcing him to question his client's integrity. If Shoogey is a writer, why can't Hamilton find any of his books? He has no official war record, and the university he claims to have attended denies any of his legendary achievements on the field. Has Shoogey woven a web of indefensible falsehoods?
As Hamilton 's becomes further involved in the exciting and unpredictable daily adventures of Shoogey, he fights the notion that his own life -- wife, house, kids -- might fade over time into increasingly dull shades of gray. But this fear is extinguished forever when the final, poignant truth about Sam Shoogey becomes known, a moment too late. (Fall 2005 Selection)