Imagine you had written a book about your home town. In it you criticise and slag off everything and everyone. You embellish the truth and tarnish reputations. It then becomes a world wide movie hit with big actors in the lead role and you make a mint living peacefully in your new batchelor pad a safe distance away. This is Joe's life so far, and then he gets a call that his father is very sick and he must go home................
As if going home isn't hard enough this novel cranks it up a notch. The charcaters are recognisable as small town people who are blissfully unaware of the outside world unless it comes knocking and within moments of return Joe is wearing milk shake and having copies of his book hurled at his house by the Book Club.
What follows is a realisation that life wasn't necesarilly as shit as he thought and some funny attempts at redemption. There are some very touching moments with an old best friend and realisation that he could have done more for the one that didn't make it.
The book holds little by the way of surprising although the is one scene at the end that is hilariously funny but also very sad. The book highlights the good and bad reasons for family but ultimately that there really is no escaping them.
While not as goos a read as 'How to Talk to a Widower' 'Bush Falls' still holds you in a slushy hhug and only lets you go when you know things will work out good.
A funny, but touching tale of ignorance and acceptance.