Darryl

Paperback, 192 pages

Published by Clash Books.

ISBN:
9781944866846
5 stars (5 reviews)

Darryl Cook is a man who seems to have everything: a quiet home in Western Oregon, a beautiful wife, and a lot of friends to fuck her while he watches. But as he explores the cuckolding lifestyle, he finds himself tugging at threads that threaten to unravel his marriage, his town, and himself.

With empathy and humor, debut author Jackie Ess crafts a kaleidoscopic meditation on marriage, manhood, dreams, basketball, sobriety, and the secret lives of Oregonians.

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SO funny

5 stars

I really got such a kick out of this, Ess does an amazing job of writing from the perspective of a character who is kind of a nightmare in way that is self-aware and captures the facepalm-type thoughts of this guy in a way that's funny and realistic. The only thing I wasn't sure about was the ending, and I can't put my finger on exactly why. I guess it felt a little like it gives the reader a moral comeuppance in a way read to me as a little too neat? But I would not let that deter you.

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