This book pulled me in from the first page. The characters are irresistible. I did not want this book to end.
Just when a guy thinks he's ready to die, life starts getting interesting. Maybe your overweight nephew has given up on life and is wasting his talents working for a gay bookseller with a questionable past or your niece has been out of touch after her porn career ended with drug rehab or your daughter doesn't speak to you. But, nothing stays the same. Life comprises not just the unexplainably bad but also the unexpectedly good.
This story follows the life of an older man literally looking for a good place to die. He settles on Brooklyn. But as in all things, life catches up with him. He is sucked into a world of double lives, orphans, and side tracked trips. Austere is such a great writer. You feel the awkwardness of every situation like you were standing next to the characters. If you like whimsy and quirky writing this book is for you.