I Am Max Lamm
By Raphael Brous
I am Max Lamm is a darkly humorous exploration of family loyalty, disgrace and collective hysteria. Raphel Brous's raucous debut heralds the arrival of a distinctive young writer destined to make his mark.
A young tennis prodigy with a wildcard to the US open, Max Lamm's future looks bright . . . until footage of him enjoying a night of passion with a Salvadorean prostitute in New York appears on the Internet, and categorically derails his career. After a bungled suicide attempt in the Hudson River, he decides to flee America and begin a new life in London.
But Max is jinxed. One night, in Camden, he accidentally kills a fifteen-year-old Pakistani boy who tries to mug him -inadvertently sparking the worst race riots seen in the East End of the capital in over a generation. On the run, Max finally finds refuge beneath Hyde Park. Deep underground, with chaos raging in the streets above, he tries to plot his salvation.
I am Max Lamm is a darkly humorous exploration of family loyalty, disgrace and collective hysteria in an age of terror.
Raphael Brous was born in Melbourne in 1982. He has studied law, neuroscience and immunology at Monash University. He writes and plays music in two bands and is a volunteer campaign director at the animal rights organisation Animal Liberation. He regularly debates animal rights and religion with John Safran on ABC Radio National. Presently based in Melbourne, he has lived in London and Brooklyn. His recreation consists of skateboarding and obsessively reading.
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18 Jul 2013
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Some of this book is hilarious, albeit blackly so. Brous's writing has the same kind of hyper-articulate, bullying, barrelling energy as that of Philip Roth. — Sydney Morning Herald
The novel has truckloads of eccentric sex, accidental violence and freakish misadventure, all coalescing into an ironic critique of collective hysteria. Raphael Brous is a funny, eloquent writer. — Saturday Age
A blackly comedic debut novel. [I Am Max Lamm] is a well-defined and funny story from a writer with a gift for narrative. — Weekend Australian