Samuel Andresen-Anderson is a failing college professor who’s addicted to a video game. His mother deserted him when he was a pre-teen, but current events bring her back into his life. I liked a lot of things about the first half of this novel – his childhood, the mom’s stories, his twin friends, and his description of teaching (because Laura Potsdam is an amalgamation of quite a few students whom I’ve experienced). But I couldn’t bear the pace of this book — so much attention is given to the minutiae of a video game or Periwinkle’s favourite ad, yet hardly any is given to Samuel’s reunion with his mom or her next departure. Also, I really disliked and thought it was unnecessary to stick Allen Ginsberg into the second half. Seriously? It’s like too many ideas (or posturing) are jam-packed in and not enough is explored.
Gwenamon says: It has a couple of good moments