Friday, January 25, 2013
Too Good to Be True, by Benjamin Anastas
And yet you root for him to get over his feelings of superiority, his writer’s block, and his piles of bills because it’s clear he loves both his new girlfriend and his young son, and because he is funny. Humor and hope intermingle with frustration and failure in this compelling slim volume that can be read at one sitting, possibly as a little bit of Schadenfreude creeps in.
Not long before this sad tale begins, Anastas was the author of two well-regarded novels, “An Underachiever’s Diary” and “The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor’s Disappearance.” About the time his wife exits (in the arms of a rival writer), his publisher loses interest in him as well. And he is broke and panicky. But—to quote The New York Times book review—“under the panic lies a remorseful heart (and) a steady determination to become a better person.”
Check our catalog