With the dry wit of David Sedaris and Dave Barry's love of the absurd, Falanga details his new, suburban landscape from the point of view of a bewildered but gung ho everyman. From the complex political pecking order in the neighborhood, with its ultracompetitive block parties and its consuming holiday-card rivalry, to the surprises lurking on every corner, such as the 12-year-old pyromaniac next door, The Suburban You describes in slyly understated prose the vicissitudes of life in the 'burbs.
"The Suburban You is droll enough to put a smile on the most cynical urban puss. Falanga's voice is winning and companionable and funny and manages to make such chores as painting his children's bathroom ceiling into a prospect more daunting and heroic than painting the Sistine Chapel. It made me very happy to live in a city, but I certainly enjoyed the outing." (Christopher Buckley)