Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Boy Detective Fails

Joe Meno's novel is a touching, funny fable, and I highly suggest it to thinking readers eager to enjoy a literary work which thankfully refrains from wallowing in its own literariness. (Literariness? Is that even a word? Sure.) The novel is not without a plot, and yet it refuses to be a slave to that plot, taking us on thematically rich side excursions organically woven into the story. Clever without being cute, moving without being sappy, Meno's novel hit me exactly when I was ready for it. I wanted something a little different and hit the jackpot. Well done, sir.

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