Monday, April 26, 2021

Reader's Diary #2187 - Alex Reece Abbott: Silver Linings

Every so often I'll come across a blurb on some serious, mostly melancholy book of "serious" literature where someone refers to it as "subversively funny" or something along those lines. At the end, despite having enjoyed some of these novels, I'm still left wondering what the hell the blurb writer (blurbist?) possibly found funny. 

I suspect I'd be one of the weird ones laughing at Alex Reece Abbott's short story "Silver Linings." Okay, maybe not laughing, but smiling inside at the very least. 

It tells of a man who's lost his long term job and while looking for new work has decided to make himself a better man, a better husband. But there's a wicked sense of futility lurking underneath the surface that someone with my pessimism can't help but relate to and so, the story to me was like observational comedy from a depressed Seinfeld. 

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