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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Charming, manic Wally Tiparoy has done something awful to his wife, Elizabeth, and he’s determined to prevent it from happening again. Knowing that his problem is too big for medication, and complex enough to baffle an entire team of psychoanalysts, Wally takes Elizabeth’s Honda and puts all his faith in a therapeutic road trip from Cincinnati to Inuvik, the northernmost t ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Burrow Press (first published October 2nd 2012)
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It took me so long to write this review because this little novella packed a serious punch and left me ruminating about it all of it for months after I put the story down.

The plot is very simple. It's about a 32 year old bi-polar man named Wally, who leaves everything behind - his job, his medication, and his wife - in order to go on a mission to find and be honest with himself about his past.

What was fascinating to me about the story was how it unfolds. Wally has written it all down in letters
Wally really desperately wants to be a good guy. He wants a happy, active marriage with his wife, whom he believes he doesn't deserve. He's a done a couple of terrible, abusive things to her, surprising even himself.

Full of remorse and determined to change, Wally embarks on a road trip to the tundras of Canada, hoping to come home as the husband he wishes to be. Along the way, he meets several characters, and writes his thoughts and confessions in a series of letters to his wife.

Wally is a ref
"I'm writing 'bout the
Book I read
I have to sing about the
Book I read
I'm embarrassed to admit it hit the soft spot in my heart
When I found out you wrote the
Book I read so ..." ~David Byrne

Yes, my friend (and (former, I guess...) Bass player) wrote this hilarious novella.

It is hard to review this in my normal cold-hearted way (heh heh heh.)
And I also do not wish to reveal anything
that would take from a potential readers' enjoyment
of this surprisingly damn good book.

Read it!

Cullen Brown
I really enjoyed reading this novella. What I think works best is the pacing of the story as well as the meticulous build up of characterization. While reading, I kept thinking of Nabokov's Humbert Humbert. The reason being that Nabokov presents the reader with perhaps one of the most well constructed unreliable narrators in modern literature. Wally Tiperoy in Wally has much in common with Humbert. Don Peteroy trusts the reader enough not to beat them over the head with signaling how readers sho ...more
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John Fleming
I like this book a lot for its brutally honest and darkly funny character portrait. Part confession, and as much a psychological journey as a physical one, Wally the book doesn't allow us to settle in for a comfortable ride. Every time we begin to enjoy the company of Wally the character, he confesses to some nearly unforgivable act against his wife or his grandfather. We also learn of the psychological and physical abuse Wally was subjected to as a child, so we grow to understand his compulsion ...more
This was a uniquely written story, a monologue in the form of several letters from a husband to his wife while he goes away on his ad hoc solo retreat to the North Pole. The story was a little slow at times, but it was very well written.

Also, I enjoyed the cover art, but I felt it was misleading for this particular book. It looks a little juvenile, had me thinking along the lines of Hatchet. Now that I've read this book, I'm thinking something closer to the cartoon illustrations of Waking Life
Chris Koslowski
Wally dares readers to consider nature, nurture, and destiny's role in human cruelty, and in so doing opens up the minds of people most would write off as damaged, crazy, or just plain evil. Wally reminds me of many great protagonists (Walter White comes to mind) in that he demands and earns sympathy for far longer than readers should be willing to provide it. This book was taut in a way I'm not used t seeing in novels. Every detail, character, and anecdote felt considered, important, and interw ...more
This book reminded me a lot of "This is Where I Leave You" by Jonathan Tropper. The humor is extremely dark and neurotic, so I wouldn't call it a light read, but the narration is very quick and digestible and the main character strangely relatable. I read it in a few hours and I am by no means a speed reader, so it's a good way to entertain yourself on a Sunday afternoon.
I really enjoyed Wally. I felt SO sorry for him throughout his travels. I was "in his head" all the way and felt so hopeless and lost. I'll admit the ending was a bit of a shocker to me!! Thank you Don Peteroy for the excellent book! And thank you Goodreads for the free giveaway!
First Reads Giveaways. Really enjoyed reading this book. Kept my interest from beginning to end. After I finished the book, the story still stayed with me. Wally is definitely an interesting character;however, I definitely would not consider him prime husband material.
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Don Peteroy is a PhD. candidate at the University of Cincinnati of Cincinnati, majoring in English and Comparative Literature with a Creative Dissertation. The condensed name for the major is "Creative Writing" but it doesn't sound as classy. He earned a BA in Theater Arts from SUNY Fredonia (1999), and spent the subsequent ten years working not in theater, but as a social worker. In 2010, he ente ...more
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