Book Review: Postcards from a Dead Girl – Kirk Farber

Title: Postcards from a Dead Girl: A Novel (P.S.)
Author: Kirk Farber
ISBN: 9780061834479
Pages: 272
Release Date: February 16, 2010
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Sid has a unique problem.  His ex-girlfriend, Zoe, has been sending him postcards from around the world.  The problem is that all the postmarks are one year old, yet he’s receiving them all now.  Sid also suffers from a few quirks that he can’t overcome.  In this novel, Sid undertakes both a personal and a physical journey to understand and come to terms with his life as it is now.

Review:

The summary for Postcards from a Dead Girl is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to write because it’s so difficult to say what the book is actually about.  On the surface, it’s about Sid trying to deal with his ex, Zoe, and understand why all these postcards are being delivered one year late.  But it’s also about his personal journey, his attempt (and failure) to deal with the hardships that life throws at him.

In a lot of ways, Postcards from a Dead Girl is about coping with loss of different kinds.  Sid’s ex-girlfriend sends him postcards.  His mother’s spirit lives in a corked wine bottle and talks to him regularly.  Sid is unable to let go of anything, to move on and fully live life.  He’s trapped in the past because he doesn’t know how to cope.

This book is also very funny.  Sid’s a character with so many quirks, he definitely strays into “weird” territory.  His hypochondria, his fixation on car washes – these are things that keep the reader entertained while reading.  Each of Sid’s quirks become an obsession.  Focusing on these means Sid can avoid having to deal with real life.

I enjoyed Postcards from a Dead Girl; I thought it was a fun, unique novel, and it was a quick read.  I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Farber’s next novel, as this one was refreshing and delightful.

Comments

  1. Wow, that’s truly a unique novel. I like the premise and would definitnely want to read it.

    Thanks for your wishes 🙂

    And I see you have ALREADY read ‘The Girl who kicked the Hornet’s Nest’! I can’t believe that 🙂 i so want to read that one as well 🙂

    Have a good day 🙂

  2. Wow, that’s truly a unique novel. I like the premise and would definitnely want to read it.

    Thanks for your wishes 🙂

    And I see you have ALREADY read ‘The Girl who kicked the Hornet’s Nest’! I can’t believe that 🙂 i so want to read that one as well 🙂

    Have a good day 🙂

  3. Wow, this books sounds really cool, interesting idea. Thanks for the review, I’ll add it to my list.

  4. Wow, this books sounds really cool, interesting idea. Thanks for the review, I’ll add it to my list.

  5. This sounds kind of interesting.

  6. This sounds kind of interesting.

  7. It sounds rather quirky, but in a good way.

  8. It sounds rather quirky, but in a good way.

  9. Sounds like an awesome summer read. Another Harper Perennial winner.

  10. Sounds like an awesome summer read. Another Harper Perennial winner.

  11. Definitely an interesting concept! I love books centering around “quirky” characters.

  12. Definitely an interesting concept! I love books centering around “quirky” characters.

  13. This does indeed sound like a very unique read. I am glad you liked it and will have to take a closer look into it. Thanks for the great review!!

  14. This does indeed sound like a very unique read. I am glad you liked it and will have to take a closer look into it. Thanks for the great review!!

  15. I love “quirky” … excellent review!

  16. I love “quirky” … excellent review!

  17. Hmmm…your review has made me incredibly intrigued. I like that in a book. It sounds a little quirky and right up my alley. It will have to be added to my TBR list!

  18. Hmmm…your review has made me incredibly intrigued. I like that in a book. It sounds a little quirky and right up my alley. It will have to be added to my TBR list!

  19. I’m adding this one to the list. Great review.

  20. I’m adding this one to the list. Great review.

  21. I put it on my Paperback swap wish list after reading Nancy (Bookfoolery and Bable)’s review. Your review makes me want to read even faster. 🙂

  22. I put it on my Paperback swap wish list after reading Nancy (Bookfoolery and Bable)’s review. Your review makes me want to read even faster. 🙂

  23. Sounds like a fun read.

  24. Sounds like a fun read.

  25. What an unusual premise! I’m adding POSTCARDS to my wish list.

  26. What an unusual premise! I’m adding POSTCARDS to my wish list.

  27. Sounds like something I’d like, and I just love the cover.

  28. Sounds like something I’d like, and I just love the cover.

  29. Sounds like an awesome book with lots of layers. The main character sounds fun with all his quirks. And I think the theme of the novel: coping is one that almost anyone can relate to. After all, we all have at least one quirky thing we do to cope with life. How can we not?!

  30. Sounds like an awesome book with lots of layers. The main character sounds fun with all his quirks. And I think the theme of the novel: coping is one that almost anyone can relate to. After all, we all have at least one quirky thing we do to cope with life. How can we not?!

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