From the beloved author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend comes a wonderful new novel about a struggling man, written entirely in lists.
Daniel Mayrock’s life is at a crossroads. He knows the following to be true:
1. He loves his wife Jill… more than anything.
2. He only regrets quitting his job and opening a bookshop a little (maybe more than a little)
3. Jill is ready to have a baby.
4. The bookshop isn’t doing well. Financial crisis is imminent. Dan doesn’t know how to fix it.
5. Dan hasn’t told Jill about their financial trouble.
6. Then Jill gets pregnant.
This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But Dan doesn’t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family’s finances:
1. Dan wants to do something special.
2. He’s a man who is tired of feeling ordinary.
3. He’s sick of feeling like a failure.
4. He doesn’t want to live in the shadow of his wife’s deceased first husband.
Dan is also an obsessive list maker; his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan’s hilarious sense of humor, unique world-view, and deeply personal thoughts. When read in full, his lists paint a picture of a man struggling to be a man, a man who has reached a point where he’s willing to do anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life.
Dan has so much to worry about. He has changed jobs. As a matter of fact, he has quit his job and opened a book store. He is constantly worried about money and if his wife knows how broke they really are. He is worried about his wife’s first husband. Does Dan measure up to this guy…and on and on. Dan copes with these many worries by making lists….tons of lists.
This is a unique read, basically because of the format. The whole book is lists…Lists about his marriage, lists about his job, lists about lists. This did get a little old after a while, but it is quirky and funny enough to keep you reading. There really were so many places I laughed out loud. But, the format did throw me off a bit.
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.