I don't know what I expected when I picked up this book. After spending a good chunk of my lunch break reading and laughing by turns in one of the local coffee shops, I couldn't put it down. The characters are well-written, and watching each of them struggle through the family tragedy that occurs, as well as their smaller personal tragedies, is a rare sort of treat, in that (in my case, at least) you rarely find a coming-of-age drama written about people in their thirties. It is an incredibly well-paced, witty, clever piece of fiction, and I would highly recommend it to those who like Christopher Moore, but want something that's just a liiiittle more serious.
Judd Foxman is thrown together with his dysfunctional family when his father dies, while at the same time coping with his wife's infidelity and the end of his marriage.