Nicety by Brock Clarke of The Rise and Fall…

“Donald Barthelme and Tove Jansson did not have a child, as far as any of us know, but if they did, then that child would have been Christopher Merkner, and Christopher Merkner has written a book worthy of his genius would-be parents. The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic is wild, it is wonderful, it is animated by its author’s unfailingly expansive treatment of his restless, covetous, striving, limited, dangerous, endearing characters. One of those characters in one of these stories notices that ‘The sun blazes at an odd angle.’ This is one of this book’s gifts to its lucky reader: its sun blazes at an odd angle so that we might see how strange and marvelous the old tired world can be.”

Brock Clarke, author of Exley and An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England