The storytelling in this book is unlike anything I've ever read. The narrator emerges as a character in his own right as he spins a rich and compassionate story that centers on the life of his unusual friend. The loose, slangy style took a little getting used to, but it was definitely worth it.
Living with an Old World mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and believes that a longstanding family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.