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.
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.
A blackly comedic debut novel. [I Am Max Lamm] is a well-defined and funny story from a writer with a gift for narrative.