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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

My Name is Russell Fink is up on the CFBA!

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.

My thoughts:

I've read the first thirty or so pages of this book and it's a hoot! At least in the beginning of the story. I loved the sarcasm and humor. It almost has a chick lit feel but the main character is a guy so if this is lad lit, I want more of it. I can see this type of fiction becoming a trend as it's sooo entertaining. The humor about calling off work and playing sick is to-die-for-funny. Anyone who has a job they don't like will appreciate it!

But then when I read the fact that his doggie was murdered...oh boy, that stinks. Not so funny there. I'll have to keep reading this one to see where it leads. It's totally enthralling!

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