Monday, April 5, 2010

Everything Hurts

Everything Hurts
By Bill Scheft
Simon & Schuster - 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-9934-0
ISBN-10: 1-4165-9934-7

So this was probably the most fun I've had reading a book in a long while! I couldn't put it down!!!

I laughed so hard, I thought I'd cry! And then I did cry when some of the of the comedic antics and self-psycho-analysis got a little too close for comfort!

When Phil Camp gets back pain, he's a forty-something, divorced, writer who takes irreverant punches at those he writes about. He also finds the source of his pain may be his deep seated fear, rage, anger, desires, [can we get any more idioms here?] and, oh yes, could it possibly be that he might actually be a grandfather?

Bill Scheft writes, as only Bill Scheft can. In that quirky way that leads you to wonder what's really going on in this guy's head?

Phil Camp discovers as a pre-teen that his teenaged brother doesn't really share the same Dad he has. And that their Dad, isn't so great of a man after all. Jim, Phil's brother, loses a certain function with a rather delicate part of his anatomy because Dad, and Mom, are too involved in their golf games to take time out for the kids.

The brothers become estranged over the years. Well, especially after Phil [aka: Marty Fleck] has sex with Jim's fiancee the night before they take off to get married! So, when their first daughter becomes a mother, Jim's now ex-wife sends a rather cryptic "Happy Birthday Grandpa" to Phil. [Are you with me here?]

Phil [alias Marty] has been divorced for a while, but considers his brother the only smoozer with the women.  The brothers meet once in eight years, and yeah, it ain't pretty.

Fast forward to the pain in Phil's lower back, and gluteus maximus, which causes his left leg to suddenly take off on it's own at times, and the brothers meet up again. This time after a psychotherapist has written a self-help book for those in pain. It's all from rage... he touts.

Still with me?

The brothers come full circle in the end. And there really is a happy ending to this crazy, mixed up tale!

You won't want to put it down!

But be careful... you may end up wondering, just what the heck really is the cause of that niggling little pain in your back?

Find what's really eating you... pick up a copy today!

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