The Grievers by Marc Schuster

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The Grievers is a darkly comic coming of age novel for a generation that's still struggling to come of age.

When Charley Schwartz learns that an old high school pal has killed himself, he agrees to help his alma mater organize a memorial service to honor his fallen comrade. Soon, however, devestation turns to disgust as Charley discovers that his friend's passing means less to the school than the bottom line. As the memorial service quickly degenerates into a fundraising fiasco, Charley must also deal with a host of other quandaries including a dead-end job as an anthropomorphic dollar sign, his best friend's imminent move to Maryland, an intervention with a drug-addled megalomaniac, and his own ongoing crusade to enforce the proper use of apostrophes among the proprietors of local dining establishments.

Desperate to set the world right and keep his own life from spiraling out of control, Charley rages through his days and nights, plotting all the while the ultimate eulogy for his deceased friend and a scathing indictment of a world gone wrong.

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Published January 27, 2012 by Permanent Press - eBooks Account. 177 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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To assuage his fears, Charley calls his Marx Brothers-quoting best friend Neil Pogue and their gang of comrades from Saint Leonard’s to dream up a tribute to their fallen friend.

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Years later, the class of '91 of Saint Leonard's Academy is reunited by the suicide of fellow alum Billy Chinn in Schuster's second novel (after the 2011's The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl).

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In much the same way that the man I married is like you but without the attitude.’” In the whirly mystery of death, Marc Schuster has created characters worthy of notice: Neil the level-headed best friend of Charley who has the patience and reasonable decision-making ability of a saint;

Aug 10 2012 | Read Full Review of The Grievers

The Nervous Breakdown

I’ve been holding my breath for his sophomore novel, The Grievers, released in May, 2012 through The Permanent Press, and I can say with definitive certainty that Schuster has written another boundary-leaping novel.

Jun 04 2012 | Read Full Review of The Grievers

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