Best-selling author Brock Clarke is acclaimed for his wry, absurdist humor. In Exley, Clarke introduces nine-year-old Miller, who becomes convinced that his father—who left without explanation—must have run away to join the military, and is now lying comatose in a VA hospital. Thinking a visit from his father’s favorite writer will help revive him, Miller decides to track down "A Fan’s Notes" author Frederick Exley.
In 1966, just two weeks after the IRA blew up Nelson's Pillar in O'Connell Street, Dublin, Eddie McGrath is knocked down and killed by the airport bus near the spot where the Pillar used to stand. His death turns his 17-year-old daughter, Nuala, into an orphan. She never knew her mother, Gertie, at all, and when she looked into her father's things she found items of her mother that deeply disturbed her....
"Share Nuala's journey to trace her roots."
This is an Irish novel set in Los Angeles and read by the author, the actor Chris Sullivan. It tells the story of Alfredo Hunter, a depressive Jewish/Irish playwright who is in Hollywood to make a killing in the film business. It also tells the story of the unknown narrator, who observes Alfredo's various fluctuations of mood and humor. Humor is to the fore in this novel of a building friendship between two Dubliners as they encounter the New World, with its new language and confusing mores.
"Great book for a rainy day."