Sid is going crazy. Not only does he have the truly monotonous job of being a telemarketer for a travel agency (where his overly enthusiastic boss constantly offers encouragement over the headsets), but he's also slowly becoming a bit unhinged and neurotic. To the point that he's apologizing to his dog for being out too late - and feeling truly bad about it. He's obsessed with car washes and goes through them over and over again. He loves mud baths. He's a hypochondriac and constantly calling his sister, who is a doctor, for advice. And this is all because his ex-girlfriend, Zoe, has been sending him postcards from her European adventure. The thing is, Zoe has disappeared. And the postcards? They're marked a year ago. Although he knows he can't find her, Sid uses his traveling connections and plans his own jaunt through Europe.
The book brings readers through Sid's mind and out again as he tries to figure out not just this mystery with Zoe, but, ultimately, himself. In a funny, odd, and sometimes macabre book, Kirk Farber points out the mundane parts of life, and the everyday adventures that make them tolerable.
This book is genuinely interesting, in an ordinary sort of way. That is - Farber has an amazing talent of making ordinary moments interesting. Sid could be any other hypochondriac, but you like him. You also don't find it weird that he talks to the spirit of his dead mother, which, apparently, now inhabits a wine bottle. See? Things like that aren't weird in this book.
Sid is a likable main character just trying to get by - and figure out his ultimate mystery: where Zoe is, if she's alive, and why he's getting postcards a year later. It's all very mysterious - and really addictive. The book is an easy read - the writing is superb - and flows nicely, keeping you interested in the next chapter, next page. And when Sid embarks on his journey to Europe to find out just what's going on, you want to be there with him, cheering him on. It's that life-changing venture that you just want to see how it plays out.
It's a fun and often funny read. Definitely a great book to pick up.