Back of the book: James Fitzroy isn’t doing so well. Though his old friends in Buffalo believe his life in New York City is a success, in fact he writes ridiculous taglines for a greeting card company. Now he’s coming home on Thanksgiving to visit his aging father and dying mother, and unlike other holidays, he’s not sure how this one is going to end. Buffalo Lockjaw introduces a fresh new voice in American fiction.
It took me a while to warm up to this book. By the end, I felt for the son and his father – not so much his sister. Having watched my father-in-law fade away because of Alzheimer’s, I could empathize with the family members. I look forward to my book club discussion. This is a debut novel and I’ll be watching for more from Greg Ames.
Buffalo Lockjaw will be released on March 31, 2009.
Thanks to Hyperion for sending the book.