"Uproarious...one of the funniest writers around."The New Yorker
Tad Leary has problems. Just fired from his job at a Manhattan private school, about to be evicted from his sublet, and stalled on his dissertation ("Social Hierarchies of Imaginary Places"), he wakes up on the Sunday before Christmas to realize he has seven parties to attend.
A trooper in jeans and a pressed white shirt, he sets off for brunch with his eccentric family, an afternoon performance-art piece by a friend sporting little more than a tattooed goatee, a dinner party where he runs into an ex-girlfriend, a late-night soiree where he spars with an ex-boyfriend, and more. With a charming combination of wit, wisdomand just a little whimperingTad charts a survivalist's course through Manhattan's social hierarchies.
"A delight.... By turns zany and meditative, satirical and mellow...a gently bittersweet comedy."Newsday
"A wise, hilarious stocking stuffer."The Village Voice