Michaelo O’Dell is hit by a car, and when he doesn’t die, he is surprised and pleased. But he can’t seem to move, frozen in the crash position. He can’t concentrate, or control his anger and grief, or work out what to do about much of anything. His professional life begins to crumble, and although his wife Wendy is heroically supportive, his teenage children only exacerbate his post-accident angst. His daughter Rosie punches out a vindictive schoolmate, plunging the family into a special parent-teacher hell. Meanwhile, his son Declan is found with a stash of illicit drugs, and a strange policeman starts harassing the family, causing ordinary mishaps to take on a sinister desperation.
Equal parts hilarious and painful, this compelling novel delves into the difficulties of family, love, and the precarious business of being a man. Mark Lamprell’s extraordinary debut examines the terrible truth: sometimes you can’t pull yourself together until you’ve completely fallen apart.
...a lovely coming-of-age story about a middle-aged man who hurts, despairs, heals and comes to understanding. A very funny and truthful novel.
The writing is clean and hilarious, and the second-person narration feels intimate... A hilarious, high-speed summer read.
Lamprell takes us through this period of growth and tumult in Michael O’Dell’s life in a way that feels authentic and real, the worst moments are also some of the most humorous and touching... Readers who enjoy work written in the tone of life, and narratives that celebrate the minor (in the grand scheme of things) wins and losses that make up life will find The Full Ridiculous an enjoyable read that finds both levity and gravity in those little moments.
...[Lamprell] delivers a comic novel that is smoothly executed and full of minor pleasures...
Screen writer Lamprell debuts with a first-rate novel told almost exclusively in the second person. It begins with Michael O’Dell being hit by a car, an accident that sets off a yearlong descent into an ’Alice-less Wonderland’ of personal and familial trouble. As Michael and his family work to resolve their crises, Lamprell manages to temper sentimentalism with a tonic wryness.