Set against the pomposity of a small-town theatre community, The Wraith of Skrellman is the story of a nearly-delusional, completely-homeless 46-year-old troubadour's ill-fated pursuit of a beautiful teenage actress, the resentment this breeds in her precocious classmate Dave String, and the wraith of Skrellman who haunts them all with his "pornographic play-by-play" and frequent acts of occult mischief.
Elegiac at times, downright smutty at others, it's like The Virgin Suicides if that book were a little less a masterpiece and a whole lot more teen sex romp. Beneath the populist slapstick exists a literary ode to lost youth, and a mordant satire of the social conservatism of small towns.
©2015 Montag Press/Mike Sauve (P)2016 Montag Press/Mike Sauve
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"A touching and hilarious read!"
Yes I would. The narrator did a fantastic job. He really captured the pathos of the characters and the sense of whimsy.
The Virgin Suicides because it is a nostalgic look back at life as a teenager that blends literary writing with humorous observations.
"The Wraith of Skrellman is raw and hilarious."
With strong strange characters and a small strange town, this book made me chuckle and wince at different times throughout listening. This book deserves to be talked about more than it is! Ben Contritus's narration was incredible, especially his voice for the twins which was definitely my favorite part.
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