B.J. Novak’s One More Thing is a collection of very-short stories, a few of which are connected.
The stories are meant to poke fun at accepted truths and mores in the society ex. take the classic Tortoise and The Hare folktale, and imagine what happened after the race. What if there was a rematch? What if things happened exactly as you thought they would, would you be happy?
Novak writes very imaginatively and the stories are funny, sad, thought-provoking and borderline insane. The topics are as diverse as the world, the characters male, female, old, young, animals, objects.
Most of the stories I chuckled at. Some, I hated. But I also respect Novak’s skill as a writer to have produced that kind of emotion in me.
Like the story called Closure in which a woman is mad at her ex for dumping her and calls him for closure so she can exact revenge.
Or the story where the man dies and goes to heaven and can’t connect with his grandmother because there are just too many other things to do.
Those stories, I hated.
But most of the writing is thoughtful and delightful creative. Like if Elvis didn’t really die and had become a professional Elvis impersonator instead. Or if you had a nickel for every cup of coffee you spilled…
Overall, 4 stars for this debut collection. Kudos, Mr. Novak.
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