Like her predecessors Ann Beattie and Raymond Carver, Mary Miller brings an essential voice to her generation. Building on her critically acclaimed novel, The Last Days of California, and her biting collection, Always Happy Hour, Miller slyly trans ...more
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Louis reminds me of Ignatius J. Reilly (A Confederacy of Dunces) if suddenly left to his own devices as an older man, but not in a funny way. He doesn't really know who he is without his roles with other people, he doesn't know how to take care of himself (but then gets a dog,) and he does a lot of things out habit that he doesn't even enjoy (watching Fo ...more
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Loved it. The character of Louis McDonald, Jr was both simple and complicated at the same time if that makes sense. The real star of the book is of course Layla - the overweight dog that frequently gagged.
Louis McDonald is 63 and just quit his job. His father recently passed away and expecting to come out on the winning end of the inheritance, he decided why continue working. He's also recently divorced and to say that his relationship with his family is strained is an understatement. One day while on the wa ...more
Louis is not endearing as Ove is in A Man Called Ove. Louis is annoyingly pathetic. He lives alone since his wife left him and he clearly doesn' ...more
You see, this is not a great book. Louis is an awful person and the people he surrounds himself with aren't much better. The story is about Louis--60's, divorced, and something of a putz. He ends up getting a dog (long story) and it ...more
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Louis McDonald Jr is sixty-three, overweight, and alone after his wife of thirty-seven years leaves him and his father dies. He’s also unemployed because he impulsively chooses early retirement in anticipation of a large inheritance—something his entire life seems to depend upon. A busy day is one in which Louis completes at least a few errands-- like picking up his diabetes pills, then buying liters of Pepsi and perhaps some Kit Kats (because why not?). Louis likes beer, can’t remember the last ...more
I picked this up after seeing it somewhere on Instagram, as I've been in the mood for something light to read. One assumes with a cover like this: bright colors, cute font, a dog- that it would be a light read, but it's actually not. I found it to be sad and even depressing at times. This is a novel that follows Louis, a man in his early 60's who has recently been divorced and is also recently retired. He's waiting for a large inheritance to come in from his father's estate when the nov ...more
Biloxi by Mary Miller
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Louis is a sixty three years-old and his wife has left him. He spends his days watching TV and avoiding people. His only company comes when his ex brother-in- law Frank brings him his leftovers from Chili's. One day Louis is out in the car and takes a wrong turn to avoid running into his ex-wife. He stops and sees a sign about a free dog. Louis and the dog (Layla) take to each other immediately. Soon Louis and Layla are insepa ...more
Louis lives a strange life, and he thinks strange thoughts, and after acquiring Layla he obsesses about Layla’s former owner’s wife, which ...more
The theme is human connection, but in an unsentimental rather than a sappy way. It’s being promoted as a book about a curmudgeonly older man who adopts a dog, but that implies (a ...more
It felt like a hodge podge of ideas in which as grumpy man whose reached his prime is having a hard time with life in general, falls in love with a scruffy mutt, and goes on an excursion together avoiding the pitfalls of ex wives and his own offspring.
Suffice to say it's an unlikely pairing but it wasn't that exciting so for me it's just a basic ok read but nothing to really capture the moment or build upon it ...more
Stories in Paris Review, McSweeney's Quarterly, American Short Fiction, New Stories from the South, Oxford American, Mid-American Review, Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, and Mississippi Review.
Nonfiction in the NYTBR, American Book Review, The Rumpus, and The Writer.