David Horvath, 39 and still single, unemployed and still living with his grandmother Beatie in Rochester, New York has a crazy group of friends and tons more of absurd conversations, plans and actions. They come up drinking at a downtown bar. How to achieve greatness? How to put Rochester finally on the map? Bringing the Academy Awards (Oscars) to Rochester is their ultimate mission. Unfortunately the mayor, Cornelia Candee, steals his idea and mixes it with her own ambitions to turn the city’s historic High Falls into a water slide park, and establish a casino and other adult entertainment to gain glory. David and his friends protest, but lose their bet and have to jump in the falls. The many lines of conversations are meant as satirical comedy, but read like a sequel of intentional misunderstandings. It’s hard to plow through the first half of the book. Many new characters are introduced, no clear plot is given. It reads like it could last for hundreds of pages. I chose to read along, curious for the outcome. The best part are indeed the final chapters, where a story line unfolds and you can more easily relate to the characters.
About the author
Starbuck O’Dwyer, a native of Rochester, NY and a graduate of Princeton, Oxford and Cornell, writes novels, essays, short stories, screenplays and music under his given middle name. His critically-acclaimed novel, Red Meat Cures Cancer (Random House/Vintage Books), was a featured selection of the 2007 One Book One Vancouver reading program and won two national writing awards for humor. His writing, which has been described as “comic genius” by Kirkus Reviews, has been published in forums as diverse as Entertainment Weekly, Flaunt, Toro, Japanophile, The Journal News, PW Daily, and the Boston Globe, and he has also appeared on over 350 radio and television programs including guest spots on ESPN, Voice of America and NPR. His collection of stories, How To Raise A Good Kid, was a finalist in the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards (parenting) and a finalist in the 2011 Book of the Year Awards (essays, humor) sponsored by ForeWord Reviews. Similarly, his novel, Goliath Gets Up, was also a finalist in the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards in the humor category. In 2013, songs that O’Dwyer composed were licensed for television by both the Telemundo and Country Music Television networks and were featured in several of their shows.
I receiced a copy of the book for free in Librarything‘s Member Giveaway program in return for an honest, personal review.