But somehow I doubt it.
Offer up a little prayer for me at 12:30 this afternoon; I'm going to be under the dentist's drill.Kluger, Steve. Almost Like Being in Love. New York: Perennial, 2004.Summary
: See, Travis has a bit of a crush on his dentist, so he subjects himself to four root canals that he doesn't need. Fortunately, he realizes that he has never actually gotten over the true love of his life, Craig, a friend from high school, before he's utterly bereft of living teeth. What ensues is a joyful caper toward the rediscovery of love through the medium of journal entries, emails, letter, checklists, and depositions, told from the perspective of the eccentric history professor Travis and the now successful lawyer Craig. Unfortunately, there's a bit of a wrinkle, in that Craig has been monogamously attached since shortly after the two boys in question parted for college on opposite coasts of the American continent, and Travis has a heart of gold. Comments
: Kluger, his biting humor classically New York and classically Jewish-American, skips happily through the subjects that interest his characters--baseball, activism, musicals, Big Brothering, and lawyers, to name a few--and writes an entertaining novel in the process. Okay, okay, it's romantic dreck with a cliched plot whose only genuine originality is that it's love been two men and that the narrative format is so unconventional, chick lit for gay men in short, but it's still captivatingly readable and a heck of a lot better than things like Hot Sauce
...and, I don't think this is a surprise, it has just as happy of an ending. If not more, because you really learn to love each and every one of the characters in the novel, despite or perhaps *because of* their many flaws. Kluger's narrative voice is unmistakable, and I'm glad I so randomly picked up his Last Days of Summer
. A treat all-around, and you'll be laughing your ass off. I promise.Notes
: hardcover, exclusive BCE; paperback, 1st edition also availableRating
- It's not actually revolutionary, but you'll be laughing too hard to care. Trust me.