A dazzling epic that follows two very different families in Cleveland across generations, beginning with their patriarchs, who become irrevocably intertwined one fateful night
A blistering dark comedy, The Comedown is a romp across America, from the Kent State shootings to protest marches in Chicago to the Florida Everglades, that explores delineating lines of race, class, religion, and time.
Scrappy, street-smart drug dealer Reggie Marshall has never liked the simpering addict Leland Bloom-Mittwoch, which doesn’t stop Leland from looking up to Reggie with puppy-esque devotion. But when a drug deal goes dramatically, tragically wrong and a suitcase (which may or may not contain a quarter of a million dollars) disappears, the two men and their families become hopelessly entangled. It’s a mistake that sets in motion a series of events that are odd, captivating, suspenseful, and ultimately inevitable.
Both incendiary and earnest, The Comedown steadfastly catalogs the tangled messes the characters make of their lives, never losing sight of the beauty and power of each family member’s capacity for love, be it for money, drugs, or each other.
Well, I have to say, this book is unique. The tale basically revolves around a suitcase and what it may, or may not, contain. So, of course, every character wants this suitcase. A drug deal, which went horribly wrong, sets off a series of events and this entangles two men and their families for years.
There are too many characters in this novel and it makes it hard to keep up with who is what and what is who! And sometimes I felt the author would go off on a tangent which really didn’t have much to do with what is actually going on. Now, that the negatives are out of the way…I enjoyed the dark humor and the creativity which runs throughout this story. It is an entertaining and a different story. I cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next.
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.