Praise

“The dialogue throughout is pitch-perfect, there’s a laugh on nearly every page, and Schuster’s crystal-clear prose shimmers.” – Publishers Weekly

“A rich commentary on loss, growth, and redemption.” – Sky Sanchez-Fischer, San Francisco Book Review

“The Grievers is a an extraordinary weave of humor, insight and intelligence. Marc Schuster has written a perfect comic novel, one that never strays far from either poignance or hilarity. You will read it with the grateful sense of being in on the discovery of an exciting new literary voice.” – Robin Black, author of If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This

“Gruesome and hilarious.” — Liz Moore, author of Heft

“Schuster has written another boundary-leaping novel.” — Lavinia Ludlow, The Nervous Breakdown

“The Grievers is a work of astute perception, high-octane imagination, and utterly supple prose. Raging cluelessness has never been this funny or, in the end, this compassionate.” — Beth Kephart, author of You Are My Only

“Schuster’s sharp humor tugs on the tightrope his characters walk between the infinite possibility of childhood and the chaotic uncertainty of new adulthood. The Grievers is a laugh-out-loud funny and painfully poignant coming of age story.” – Elizabeth Mosier,author of The Playgroup, My Life As a Girl

“Finally, a hilarious and heartfelt book for anyone who was ever forced to work in a character suit. In a tone reminiscent of David Sedaris and Jonathan Tropper, Marc Schuster’s comic novella about prep school graduates struggling with life and loss reads like a romp on a dark path somewhere between Dead Poet’s Society, Rushmore, and Office Space.” – Kelly Simmons, author of The Bird House

“Schuster knows how to craft a sentence and a story, and with The Grievers he goes inside himself and his characters with new depth while deftly keeping his dark comedy at play.” – Margaret Brown, Shelf Ubound

“A bittersweet little gem of a novel that opens up the reader’s mind to emotions not usually given face time… The Grievers delivers a quick, succinct, raw and honest approach to life and death and the unique reactions of human beings to situations out of their control or understanding.” – Claudia Robinson, Luxury Reading

“Marc Schuster’s The Grievers blends the post-juvenile humor of adults refusing to grow up with aching pathos and biting touches of genius.” – Sheila Deeth, Gather.com

To be utterly blunt if not politically correct, this book had me laughing my ass off.” – F.P. Dorchak, Running Off at the Mouth

“We can have our grief, but in the end, we must let go of it and its pain if we hope to move on. In The Grievers, Marc Schuster provides us with an example of this, a picture rendered in the most tender of emotions—in sadness and bewilderment, friendship and love, and, finally, acceptance. ” – Curtis Smith, Prime Number

“Schuster writes with pointed wit as he satirizes male bonding and its discontents. This bittersweet novel about men unwilling to accept that they have become adults, like several other recent novels — e.g., Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending and Lawrence Douglas’s The Vices — uses a suicide as the means for the narrator’s self-examination. This book, however, is much funnier.”  — Andrea Caron Kempf, Library Journal Xpress

“Schuster’s off-kilter portrait of a guy unsatisfied like the old Replacements song adds pivotal bite to the pre-programmed humor of his ensemble.” – Kirkus Reviews

“What starts out as a broadly humorous satire of dysfunction evolves into a surprisingly tender look at loss and grief.” – Booklist

“The group of friends in this story put the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional.” – Katie Hilton, Goodreads

“Marc Schuster’s second novel, The Grievers, works some of the same themes as his outstanding first novel, The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl, including deft critiques of middle age, middle class, and consumerism. But The Grievers takes Schuster down a darker corridor–the suicide of an old friend and that very sad moment when the “underachiever” label passes from youth to adult. The main character, Charley Schwartz, may be the book’s protagonist, but he’s no hero. He neglects a good wife, imposes upon a long-suffering best friend, and uses his wasted potential as a crutch for disliking pretty much everything outside of his old circle of high school buddies. Despite the sombre set up, The Grievers is no dirge. It is filled with high-brow smart-ass (my favorite: a nudist version of Twelve Angry Men called Hung Jury) and written in an unpretentious voice that propels readers forward. Schuster triumphs by making us root for Charley, a guy who has largely written himself off, and someone most of us would have written off as well. In so doing, Schuster alights a special kind of redemption and reminds us that biggest roadblocks we face are those we put in front of ourselves.” – Michael Adelberg, author of A Thinking Man’s Bully

Not Exactly an Endorsement, but a Word of Encouragement from Chuck Palahniuk

“Your idea for The Grievers sounds wonderful: dark and funny. That’s something our culture will be needing big-time for the next four years. Anything that combines grief and humor and shows survival. I have to think that will be the new ‘comfort’ literature.” — Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, in a letter to the author, 2004

Praise for Marc Schuster’s The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl

Strange and wonderful… A terrific and unconventional look at motherhood… It’s about a divorced mom of two who sort of goes nuts and becomes a giant cokehead. It’s very funny and very sad, two qualities that travel well together. Schuster has a great ear for dialogue, and he’s both tender and ruthless with his heroine. I love books like this, ones that take big emotional risks.” — Steve Almond, author of God Bless America

“An amazing read; truly funny and genuinely compelling.” — Therese Oneill, Library Journal

“Darkly humorous and deeply tragic.” — Monica D’Antonio, Prick of the Spindle

“Aims a pointedly jaundiced eye at American consumerism.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Marc Schuster has one of the most refreshing voices in the contemporary literature scene.” — Lavinia Ludlow, Small Doggies

“Not only is Schuster surprisingly insightful but he makes his characters so real it was shocking to see that this story was written by a man.” — Pavarti Devi, Book Snob

“Hilariously fast paced and witty, yet serious and tragic.” — Melanie Kline, Luxury Reading

“True to life, witty, biting, and wonderfully balanced, with a female protagonist who every harassed mom will identify with, at least in part.” — Sheila Deeth, Gather.com

“With a sly wit and a sharp eye, Marc Schuster has written a darkly funny, uniquely contemporary debut novel.” – Elise Juska, author, One for Sorrow, Two for Joy

The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl succeeds wonderfully—triumphantly—as both a comic skewering of the suburban dream-cum-chimera and a poignant drama about one woman’s descent into self-estrangement (where mirrors used properly can fix everything). It’s hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, a work that understands why the agents of hope and despair are the same, and why, therefore, we are a troubled, hopeful animal. It is, in short, a brilliant novel.” – Josh Emmons, author, Prescription for a Superior Existence

“Witty, acerbic and wholly relatable.  A deft portrait of addiction and motherhood.” – Kelly Simmons, author, Standing Still

“Fast-moving, funny and very smart. Marc Schuster is that rare sort of writer who knows how to laugh and think at the same time.” – Charles Holdefer, author, The Contractor

“Part cautionary tale, part comic romp, Wonder Mom is a high-speed trip through a funhouse suburbia of addiction and middle class angst.” – M.F. Bloxam, author, The Night Battles

“In The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl, Marc Schuster employs beautiful prose and dead-on dialogue to bring us the unforgettable character of Audrey Corcoran.  Witty, educated and responsible, Audrey is the last person one would expect to find negotiating drug deals with a man dressed as a rat, yet through a series of rationalizations and indulgences, she soon discovers herself sliding into a morass of heartbreak and poor decisions.  By turns harrowing and humorous, The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom and Party Girl skillfully exposes the seamy underside of modern suburbia.” – Curtis Smith, author, Sound and Noise

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