by Ken Pisani
A finalist for the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor, Pisani’s most recent book is somehow both heartbreaking and hilarious. When Aaron is forced to return to his childhood home to recuperate after losing an arm in a car accident, he finds he’s ill-equipped to mentally and emotionally handle it. Aside from adapting to being a one-armed man, he’s stuck living with his hoarding father and dealing with the rest of his dysfunctional family. Never one to believe in positive thinking, he tries to escape in Vicodin and medical marijuana and develops an irrational obsession with a radio commentator. Wait! Are you wondering what’s so funny here? Pisani’s caustic wit, for one thing. And, when Aaron realizes his life is spiraling downward and takes action to reverse course, Pisani’s gifted writing reminds you that humor really is the best medicine and it’s also a powerful way to get you back into the bright world of the living again.