When you meet Larry he is luxuriating in a rather new ‘find’, a Harris Tweed jacket to end all Harris Tweed jackets. Larry does own one, but not this one. That means someone else will no doubt notice upon closer examination that their once pristine sartorial prize resembles a battered hand me down. This is Larry’s opening triumph, and for a young man about to embark on life as an adult – he’s ready to do so in style.
The book is demarcated in yet again a deceptively simple way. The chapters span from 1977 through to 1997 with such chapter titles as ‘Larry’s Threads’, the engrossing ‘Larry’s Living Tissues’, to the deadpan ‘Larry’s Penis’. Larry exists; he must do the way that Carol Shields writes him. And she writes him with such wit and comic delight that you feel very much nestled inside Larry’s head...
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