This isn't my normal read, but since Chad and I are both published by the same publishers (Fingerpress) I felt I should read the book and comment if I liked it. Because I'm more of an action-thriller reader it took me a chapter or two to get into the book. In the end I read it in two days. The central character is so likeable, honest and realistic one cannot help but feel for him with the various struggles he faces and in particular, as a divorced parent, I empathised with his relationship with his daughter too. There is humour there too and some of the predicaments 'Gibb' faces made me laugh out loud, a rarity in my reading I can tell you. I can't say John Irvings books did that for me, so it is maybe a sign of the qualty and an ability to engage the reader shown by this excellent book. The book is of course excellently written (as one would expect from an English Professor!) in third person, but in a style which is a quick easy read and relentlessly focused on the POV (point of view) of the main character. The characters have charm, ebullience and wit; they stay with you after finishing the book as in any really well-written and engaging story. Clearly I won't give you the plot, as I don't want to spoil the book for you but I will say this is an excellent, engaging and heart-warming read which I know will please any reader and I srongly recommend it.
As each page turns the reader gains insights into the world of the self-obsessed alcoholic. A story unfolds which isn't as humerous as the cover suggests however, a touch of Tom Sharpe's "Wilt" sprang to mind a few times whilst reading this novel. A likeable character in Gibb but too self-indulgent for my tastes.