Thursday, February 14, 2008

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
My Name is Russell Fink
Zondervan (March 1, 2008)

Michael Snyder
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Snyder has spent the bulk of his professional career in sales, has fallen in love, and continues to struggle with the balance between art and vocation. He's never investigated a murder, much less that of an allegedly clairvoyant dog.

ABOUT THE BOOK: 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.

The main character investigates the death of his basset hound after he asks the hound to answers the essential quesions of his miserable life. His grandfather, his greatest friend is in jail for the murder of his grandmother. Even with all these elements as I started to read, I felt this book was more of the same and almost put the book down. The father had been a faith healer and had become famous after a service with children of cancer. His own daughter had been one of these children, and soon after died of cancer. The book is a mix of humor and sadness. Well worth the read, a satisfying ending. A hopeful book with laughter, and the ultimate victory the heart over the sadness life contains.

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