“To me at least, this book isn’t really about serial killing. It’s about Claire, nightmarish, frightening Claire. Claire is a forensic student who finds Victor, the serial killer, and makes him her pet. She houses him, finds him victims, and tells him what to do.”
Monogamy Songs is 2 sides (a and b) of sherlness at its best. Song samples, take them as tracks, select lines from a Vicodin sea of memorable ones:
Track 1 – “Touching makes the morning come quicker.”
Track 2 – “There’s no reason to care about the weather when there are roofs.”
Track 3 – “What is so magical about a marker?”
Track 4 – “When I am not writing poems, I am breaking backs.”
Track 5 – “This book is a sing-along poem.”
Track 6 – “At McDonalds I always try to supersize my gravatas.”
Track 7 – “I hope I am so late to work the world is already ending.”
Track 8 – “I have done so many studies on the economics of my heart someone should give me a lab coat.”
Track 9 – “Ghost fucking is a naked haunted house.”
Track 10 – “I don’t know why balloons exist, except to make children cry when they drop the string.”
Track 11 – “On the news people are sleeping in parks but it’s okay because pepper spray is now considered a vegetable.”
Track 12 – “In my heart I am busy packing a picnic I won’t have time to eat.”
I think it’s about time Gregory Sherl takes the book and reads from it in rhythm with the beat laid down by a few masterful beatboxers. Gregory Sherl – a man of poetry and many fucks, a man of heart and a hell of a rap career ahead of him. Sherl hip hop book tour 2013?
History tells of unexpected victories and cataclysmic tragedies. Other histories tell of high-action events and patriotic happenstance. The history contained within Robert Kloss’s debut novel speaks of the history passed over, unsaid and neglected by the word-counting journalists looking for the next great byline.
This is highly textural, highly readable fiction. This novel is, quite simply, amazing.