Truly entreating novel looking at a circle of friends and a lot of booze. I totally felt like I could relate from the first chapter! We begin at a wedding, a happy occasion filled with the unfolding a many characters. We follow this group of friends through many entertaining events in their lives. To make it more engaging, each chapter is written by a different character, each with their own distinct point of view. Best part… an ending that was not expected! You’ll find yourself wondering what crazy thing each character is about to do next and realize (or at least I did) maybe you’re not so crazy after all!
“Mary and Bickerman are the center of their circle of friends–but these friends are strangers as well as family to them. In the course of year, under the influence of a stressful wedding and a whole lot of alcohol, relationships and nerves are twisted and broken as the dynamics of the cozy-seeming group shift. Secrets are kept, emotions withheld, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end well for anyone. Told always in first person, but not the same person, and unfolding in double-helix chronology that provides a Rashomon-like narration, Chum is the story of love, liquor, and death.”
About the author:
Jeff Somers was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and regrets nothing. He is the author of the Avery Cates series of novels published by Orbit Books and The Ustari Cycle books, Trickster and Fabricator (Pocket Books).
He sold his first novel at age 16 to a tiny publisher in California which quickly went out of business and has spent the last two decades assuring potential publishers that this was a coincidence.
Jeff publishes a zine called The Inner Swine and has also published a few dozen short stories; his story “Ringing the Changes” was selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2006, edited by Scott Turow, and his story “Sift, Almost Invisible, Through” appeared in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight, published by Berkley Hardcover and edited by Charlaine Harris.
His guitar playing is a plague upon his household and his lovely wife The Duchess is convinced he would wither and die if left to his own devices.
Disclosure: I receive the book free of charge in order to conduct my review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.