My Name is Russell Fink

by | Feb 14, 2008 | Fiction Book Reviews | 0 comments

Russell Fink is twenty-six years old and determined to salvage a job he hates so he can finally move out of his parents house for good. He’s convinced he gave his twin sister cancer when they were nine years old. And his crazy fiancée refuses to accept the fact that their engagement really is over.Then Sonny, his allegedly clairvoyant basset hound, is found murdered.The ensuing amateur investigation forces Russell to confront several things at once-the enormity of his family’s dysfunction, the guy stalking his family, and his long-buried feelings for a most peculiar love interest.At its heart, My Name is Russell Fink is a comedy, with sharp dialogue, characters steeped in authenticity, romance, suspense, and fresh humor. With a postmodern style similar to Nick Hornby and Douglas Coupland, the author explores reconciliation, forgiveness, and faith in the midst of tragedy. No amount of neurosis or dysfunction can derail God’s redemptive purposes.
Michael Snyder combines sarcastic humor and cunning descriptives to create a very unique writing voice. As strange as it may sound, it was a book I didn’t think I would like and yet couldn’t put it down until the closure of the last page. It was a new type of genre for me to read and took some time to ‘get into the book’. I thought the pace was a little slow, but the wit helped spurn the story along in an entertaining way and the unexpected turns of dialogue and plot kept the reader wondering.


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