Sunday, May 08, 2005

#25 Everything Changes

I loved The Book of Joe so much that I sped right up and read Jonathan Tropper's latest novel Everything Changes in twenty-four hours -- not straight, but pretty darn close (minus the time spent at the Suburban Fund Raiser, of course).

It's another really swiftly crafted novel that buzzes along like a film but still feels like the work of a master fiction crafstman. This time, it's the story of a thirty-two-year-old man, Zack King, who has the world by the, ahem, balls. He's got a beautiful fiance (but he's in love with another woman); he's got a good job (that he hates, being the middleman and all); and he's got a great apartment (that he shares with his millionaire friend who simply hasn't recovered from the death of their best friend). When his father returns after being away for the better part of his adult life, Zack's own life starts to unravel. And with Tropper's ability to weave excellent characters into larger than life the book is really impossible to put down.

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