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Washer Mouth: The Man Who Was a Washing Machine

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Roy is a washing machine messiah. Recently turned human, he must pave the way for the coming of the washer-men. Unfortunately, Roy is not a very good messiah. More obsessed with the daytime Soap Opera Sands of Eternity, Roy deviates from his mission in order to follow his dream of acting in a scene with its beautiful leading lady, before she is retired from the show. But R ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published April 29th 2009 by Eraserhead Press (first published April 2009)
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Kris Lugosi
WASHER MOUTH: The Man Who Was A Washing Machine. With a title like that it's hard to think this book would be anything short of silly and ridiculous. I did not expect this book to be as...touching? Kevin Donihe mixed the innocence of the Brave Little Toaster with the ignorance and enlightening qualities of A Stranger in a Strange Land. This story felt very science fictiony to me with a bit of a soap opera element to it. I could not stop reading this book and could not stop rooting for the main c ...more
This is the best book about a washing machine that I have ever read.
David Barbee
Kevin Donihe’s “Washer Mouth” is sort of a spiritual successor to his previous bizarro novel “House of Houses”. Like that book, “Washer Mouth” is a fantastical romance, but with some twisted horror and social commentary mixed in. It’s about Roy, a washing machine sent to be the messiah for all washerkind. Roy knows more about the human world than the other washers (he has a view of the TV), making him the oddball of the Laundromat. But as a human himself, he’s terribly naïve, and gets taken adva ...more
Mike Kleine
I have to admit, WASHER MOUTH started off really slowly and I wasn't really enjoying the story, much less finding it all that credible until Roy underwent his initial transformation. In retrospect, I can now see how it might have been important to devote an entire 1/8 of the book to Roy's beginnings as a washing machine. Having read the back of the book, had I not known about Donihe or read any of his previous work, I still probably would have bought the book based entirely on the back descripti ...more
Nicole Cushing
Rated four stars rather than five only due to being a little slow out of the starting gate, this Donihe novel really starts humming in the middle half, and comes to a satisfying conclusion.

I think Kevin excels at bizarro characterization. Many of his novels exhibit an expertise in crafting brilliantly absurd characters, and this one is no exception. In my opinion, one character -- a demented, sexually complex soap opera star named Samuel Goodson -- deserves to go into the Bizarro Hall of Fame a
I think this is Donihe's most polished book. He has a way of making the entire story seem natural, rather than bizarre, despite whatever's going on. If House of Houses is the right direction, then Washer Mouth is the one that says "you can buy a Donihe book and not worry about being ripped off," which is what I'll be doing from now on.
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I am a writer man.

Currently, HOUSE OF HOUSES, SHALL WE GATHER AT THE GARDEN?, OCEAN OF LARD (co-written with Carlton Mellick III), GRAPE CITY, and THE GREATEST FUCKING MOMENT IN SPORTS are my books from Eraserhead Press.

I've had a lot of short fiction published since 1995. Biggest short fiction credit = a story in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF LEGAL THRILLERS, published by Carroll and Graf in the US and C
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