What: Kira Henehan's debut novel is about Investigations, puppets, a snake named Lavender, mimed bowling, yellow eyes, surf memorabilia, gravel, Assignments, marbles, red hair, contemporary art, memory loss, savage pocketry, Russians, baseball jerseys, framing, shrimps, Lolita, and golf carts. Finley is the painstakingly accurate --- but never reliable --- narrator.
Comparable to: It's a little bit like George Saunders and Jaclyn Moriarty went on a road trip with some Tom Robbins characters and then wrote a book about it. Which is to say, it's free-spirited, impressionistic, episodic, and highly stylized, but nonetheless often an incisive reflection of how people really do act and speak.
Representative quote: "It was all over gravel, but better than the last place. There was all over swampland and crocodiles."
You might not like it if: At its most self-indulgent, the book skirts the edges of impenetrability. So watch out for that.
How to get it: Look at me, recommending a fairly new book that's in print and everything! (And, yes, Kindle-able.)
[Originally posted 10/13/11.]