Thursday, February 14, 2008

"My Name is Russell Fink" by Michael Synder

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


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.


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.

Brittanie: I loved this book. I loved the unique interesting characters. I loved the sometimes wacky zany plotline. I laughed so hard in some spots. I did not want to put it down. I read it in one night almost in one sitting. My big fluffy cat likes to sit on my bed and bother me while I am reading (I call him my reading buddy) and I think I saw them looking at me crazy when I laughed and kept bursting out laughing. For all that there were some deeper issues including family dysfunction/relationships that were dealt with too. I highly recommend this book. This is going on my favorites of 2008 list. :)


michael snyder said...

Brittanie...and your review is going on my Favorites of 2008 list as well!

Seriously, a big big thank you to you for not only taking the time to read my novel, but for saying uber-nice stuff about it. I cannot thank you enough. So I'll stop trying and say Happy Valentine's Day!

Okay, one more for the road...Thank You!


Katrina said...

I'm glad to read your thoughts about this one, Brittanie. I've had it on my "think about it" list on Amazon for a while, and am glad to hear that it's as good as it sounds!

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