WOWIE! THANK YOU READER!
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jack London’s personified nature meets Mark Twain’s wit and characters
ByAmazon Customeron February 22, 2016
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
As a Michigander, the Up North settings are refreshing without feeling forced.
The Lawnmower Club is my favorite excerpt and I would recommend it to any man. It’s clever, unique and you will laugh.
Evans has excellent word choice describing people and scenes with clarity and humor. For example, Leo’s mouth reluctantly smiled like a wound opening. In another story, a sweating fruit shaped business manager slides into his chair like wet concrete.
A common thread emerged of taking chances after being duped by perceived societal rules.
At a Petoskey luncheon I listened to the author read excerpts from this book. First he read part of the autobiographical story of living with his wife’s cancer diagnosis. Then he read a portion of Leo Zitzleberger’s utopian Lawnmower Club. I found myself reading with Evans’ steady auditory cadence, which accents his subtle humor. I could imagine Bill Murray’s or Jerry Seinfeld’s voice behind the words with their patient timing and dry delivery.
Evans’ public reading was emotional; there was not a dry eye in the room. Then everyone was laughing out loud about lawnmowerians. With knowledge of what to expect, I was still misty eyed reading this book. Hearing the honesty and imagining his challenge to recount that period with his family makes for chapters that must be finished before putting the book down.
Between the varied literary styles of poetry, theatre, short stories, memoir, and humor, there was a feeling of being an observer while the author explored his own writing limits and comfort zones.
I’m glad I bought this book and will order the next three books in the series.