Monday, March 14, 2016

Beautiful response to Loon & Fiasco at Goodreads

This is a great and sad book. Through a series of prose poems, flash fiction, binary coded messages and back and forth dialog with a robot, no matter what our protagonist, Johnny Sundays (aka Fiasco) does, he ends up alone. The sad part – this aloneness is a long losing battle – a lost year in a single day – or a day that lasts a year – however you interpret the opening “Groundhog Day” set up – separating from Linda was a day of great loss – complete with the disoriented feeling of "saudade" (from wiki “a word in Portuguese that claims no direct translation in English. It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgia or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.”)

Even Johnny's interactions with the outside world are a losing battle. He sends gorgeously bizarre, coded text messages to Linda (aka Loon), who of course never responds. He has a fight at a burrito joint with a construction crew member who simply liked his “teal shirt.” And Johnny's rebound robot, Alice, will never be human.

Yes, there are sprinkles of dark humor – “Of course, a couple of nights earlier he had been seized by the equally powerful realization that while giving himself an enema, he had become the perfect water canon.” But those parts only make the sad parts sadder.

This must be what it is like to wake up alone in a foreign country. Surprisingly weird! Refreshingly awkward! Sobering. THE SECRET CORRESPONDENCE OF LOON & FIASCO is a wonderfully creative novella. Not to be missed!

--Susan Yount

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