Profile: Fiction, Absurdism, Black Comedy
There is a fine line drawn between comedy that teaches and comedy that wounds. That line is drawn differently for every person. So it isn’t surprising that the reactions to the somewhat absurdist satire of Mr. Kirkwood would span such a broad scope. The novel is abrasive and crude and tends to rely on an atmosphere of over-the-top sexuality to generate tension, but at its core are some honest questions about the plight of people in our fundamentally hostile society.