You Comma Idiot by Doug Harris

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With its emphasis on glib dialogue and expository description that resembles stage directions, You Comma Idiot conveys the distinct sensation of printed cinema. Readers looking for an entertaining diversion might enjoy its breezy, conversational tone. The rest might prefer to wait for the movie.
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"You're the kind of guy who falls in love after one date."

Marginalized and alienated, perennial fuck-up Lee Goodstone is a resounding zero: a low-rent hash-dealer with delusions of inadequacy. He's content to while away the hours of his life drinking, smoking, hanging out, playing the occasional game of hockey, and generally ignoring the world outside his tiny neighbourhood.

But Lee's near-idyllic existence is about to grind into second gear. His friend Henry has been accused of kidnapping and Lee's been cornered by the local media. Another friend has decided to shoehorn his way into Lee's drug business. And he's just made it with his best friend's girlfriend. Clearly, Lee needs a Plan B — not easy for a guy who long ago decided that the correct plan of action is to have no plan at all.

A hip, comedic novel, Doug Harris's YOU comma Idiot is a dark, demented, deeply delightful excursion into youthful alienation and ennui.

 

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In his teens, DOUG HARRIS unloaded watermelon trucks from Florida and disposed of corpses at an animal hospital. Then, in his twenties, he got through film school by working night shifts as a hospital orderly — once again transporting dead bodies. Though it was hard to leave the cadavers behind, at 24 Doug co-wrote and directed the feature film Remembering Mel, a quirky, ambitious comedy that was screened in Canada, Great Britain, and Germany. Today he runs an award-winning video production company.
 
Published September 17, 2010 by Goose Lane Editions. 328 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Reviewed by Steven W. Beattie on Nov 26 2010

With its emphasis on glib dialogue and expository description that resembles stage directions, You Comma Idiot conveys the distinct sensation of printed cinema. Readers looking for an entertaining diversion might enjoy its breezy, conversational tone. The rest might prefer to wait for the movie.

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