Tuesday, November 30, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: My Name is Russel Fink by Michael Snyder


Russell Fink sucks at life. He sucks at his job. He sucks at relationships. His life is a train wreck that you can't stop watching (or reading).

Have you ever had "one of those days"? That pretty much sums up Fink's life - one of those days that just keeps going on and on and on. Fink, a copy machine salesman who hates his job, is the neurotic son of a televangelist, miracle-working father and a quietly alcoholic mother. His grandfather is in prison for a double homicide. His twin sister died of leukemia when they were young, and Fink has always blamed himself for her death. His brother gets in some trouble with gambling and is kidnapped. While at risk of losing his job Fink feeds his Bassett Hound whiskey biscuits and believes his dog has the ability to predict the future. His controlling fiance will not allow him to break off their engagement while he discovers he is in love with a friend from his past.

At some point the bad luck in Fink's life begins to cross the line...how can all of this possibly happen to one person? But, the story begins to turn around and holds the reader's attention until the very end. It doesn't have a perfectly happy, everything-works-out-in-the-end kind of finale, but more of a there-is-hope-for-Russell-Fink-in-the-end. It's definitely a good read.