Gabriel Ricard reviewed The Laughter of Strangers over at the amusingly titled lit site, Drunk Monkeys. Man, he really dug the book and has a lot of really awesome stuff to say about it. 10 out of 10 rating. Stuff about my writing. I don’t know how to feel about this kind of positive reenforcement. But I will say, damn! Here’s a snippet from the review:
In the past, Seidlinger’s talent has covered destruction of the mind, destruction of social constructs, and the destruction of society itself on every possible level. That doesn’t mean that he’s ever repeated himself. The pleasure of reading The Laughter of Strangers, for all its frightening moments, for all the parts that make us laugh (a little uncomfortably), and for everything that stays with us after the book is done, is in how Seidlinger describes that destruction. It’s clearly an interest of his, but it’s not an interest that sacrifices story or character. It’s not an interest that has revealed any limitations at this time. You don’t have to be a fighter to relate to what Floures goes through over the course of the book. You only have to remember the time you struggled with your own sense of identity. If you happen to be going through that struggle now, then that’s all the better, in terms of your ability to take something significant from The Laughter of Strangers.
Click here for the full review.