Concerned with the minutia of every day life and thinking, When is universal in the themes it touches upon: Vietnam, enemas, Jesus as a black man, pancakes, art, rape, legal drinking, speaking in tongues, Flintstone Vitamins, cinema, abortion, etc. And the main character, as his memory continues to grow stronger with the help of his somewhat disturbed grandmother and the recollections from the weekend spent with his three siblings leading up to their father's burial, figures out that the little things in life, such as how people react when others say "when," are exactly those things which are, without a doubt, the most engaging.
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I read this book on a recommendation from a friend. I was in the middle of reading Perfume, but became intrigued by this writer's voice and quirky style. I burned through it in two days, but I have since read it again. Somewhat humorous, but somewhat sad, this book deals with the dumb luck of everyday life. Surely people from all walks of life will find something to relate to in When.