The title says it all. And it can happen to anyone.
One regular day, for one regular guy, turns into a rollercoaster of ridiculousness. Michael O’Dell is hit by a car. He’s pleased that he’s survived, but this event creates skid marks that reverberate through the rest of his life.
- His book deal seems to be falling through
- His finds drugs hidden in a pencil case in his son’s room
- His daughter is in trouble for punching a vindictive schoolmate
- A forty-something year old constable seems to have a vendetta
“ A surge of panic dries your mouth…You look into the frosty blackness of the freshly glazed kitchen window, fully expecting a monster to lunge at you. Instead a terrible secret flashes its ugly truth once again: The good part of your life is over. The bad part has begun.”
Mark Lamprell tells a story of an everyday man trapped in a web of entanglement. But despite this story of seeming doom and gloom, he manages to turn it into a fabulous dark humour story, one that is both serious and also has a lighter side to it.
If you’re a writer, you may appreciate this passage from The Full Ridiculous:
“Over the next few days you formulate the idea of a book. A whole anthology of books. They will be your redemption, a pathway out of cynicism. Bless me, Father, for I have sinned and for my penance I will write a beautiful anthology, a truly illuminating anthology, a celebration of the splendid cinematic blah blah blah blah.”
As Michael’s professional life also begins to disintegrate, Mark Lamprell takes us on a fast-paced witty ride, which is the perfect blend of laugh-out funny and heartfelt.
If you enjoyed Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, you just may warm up to this hilarious comedy about love, family and the precarious business of being a man.