A tremendously funny and sad
came-of-age narrative that recalls the
hearty, chaotic family fictions of
Richard Russo and Ralph
Lombreglia, with the cold steel
screams of Thom Jones or Denis
Johnson lurking in the basement.
Sheppard is a pitiless observer of all
the foibles that make up the wasted
lives of the small among us, yet he
arranges these bits of madness in
graceful, unexpected forms.