Okay, there are a few things that you need to know right off the bat about the new novel Lunatics from the wacky minds of Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel:
- When I said “wacky,” I meant it. These two authors must have the oddest creative minds ever, but please know that I mean that in a good way.
- The story is told by the two main characters, Philip Horkman and Jeffrey Peckerman, in alternating chapters.
- One of these two narrators truly lives up to his last name, if you understand slightly vulgar slang.
- Speaking of profanity, it comes naturally to one of these two narrators, and I’ll let you guess which one. The other narrator, though, is as squeaky clean as they come.
- This is perhaps the most absurd and outrageous novel I’ve ever read.
An attempt to sum up the plot could easily become too full of information, thus giving away the multitude of surprise twists and turns to this hilarious story. With minimal details, let’s try this for a summary. The lives of Philip Horkman and Jeffrey Peckerman have never intersected before the fateful day of the under-twelve girls’ soccer championship game that Horkman is refereeing and in which Peckerman’s daughter is playing. One offsides call made by Horkman leaves Peckerman incensed, and the stage is set for what will turn into a series of absolutely unbelievable events that see Horkman and Peckerman seemingly involved in a crime spree, an international terrorist plot, a hijacking scenario, the capture of a ship by Somali pirates, and even more. Honestly, the paths taken by this novel are indescribable and side-splitting funny, at every turn.
The dueling narrators provide two very, very different perspectives on the wild series of events as they are taking place, and it’s clear to us readers that we know much more about Horkman and Peckerman’s situations than they do in the moment. The tone of this writing, though certainly profane in many a place, is sharp and witty, and I couldn’t stop myself from reading passages aloud to my husband. Even though he didn’t have the context of what came before in the story, some individual scenes were too uproarious not to share.
If you’re looking for a bit of raucous reading fun, check out Lunatics and be prepared for a storyline that will go places you never could have foreseen. We have one Advanced Reader’s Copy (pre-published copy of the book) to give away, so leave a comment here to be entered to win and enjoy some laughs! We’ll announce the winner in our regular giveaway slot on 1/25. The giveaway is closed.
Dawn loves a good read and a good laugh, and she’s thrilled when those two things come together. She tries to share her own laugh-inducing experiences on her blog, my thoughts exactly.