Author: Robert Glancy
Published: 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Read: February 2014
Why it made it to the top of the pile: It arrived in the mail, and the blurb on the back cover made me want to start reading immediately
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Debut
Trivia Tidbit: Robert Glancy was born in Zambia and raised in Malawi. He currently lives in New Zealand.
Full Disclosure: ARC courtesy the publisher and TheReadingRoom
'The condition of life is a complicated one in which the terms are rarely made clear.'
Frank is a likeable character, and his keen observational skills yield some hilarious asides, such as this description of his office's green shag carpet:
'The fluff sticks to the soles of my shoes so at the end of the day I look like I kicked a muppet to death.'
Likeable as Frank is, my favourite character in the book is Malc, Frank's younger brother whose presence in the story is only via emails from an unprintable, un-PC email address. Malc is impulsive to Frank's considered, exuberant to his withdrawn and the love between them is palpable.
This is a very enjoyable read and an accomplished debut novel. It is peppered with advice and observations from Frank, including this one which resonated with me:
'Life is the details. As you age the wording changes but life's fine print is essentially saying the same thing - you're a short time living and a long time dead.'