Pub date: September 17, 2010
Marginalized and alienated, perennial fuck-up Lee Goodstone is a resounding zero: a small-time hash-dealing slacker with no ambition about where his life isn’t going. One morning, Honey, his best friend’s girlfriend, inexplicably jumps into bed with him. Then another friend, Henry, is accused of kidnapping a teenaged girl no one knew he was seeing. Lee gets embroiled in the mêlée, finds himself making flip remarks to the media, and his mediocre existence officially spirals out of control.
Told in the second person, YOU comma Idiot is a cringeworthy, laugh-out-loud flight on the wings of the protagonist. The roller-coaster ride of a plot leads at breakneck speed to places even Lee can’t anticipate.
"YOU comma Idiot comes barrelling out of Montreal like a moonshiner's hotrod Ford, transporting hundred proof style, crackling wit and withering social commentary. You can wait for years for a writer like Doug Harris to come along. This guy is worth the wait." — Brad Smith
"You Comma Idiot . . . puts the fun back in books and is sure to be one of the fall's most entertaining reads. You'll bust your guts laughing and you might even crack a rib. More importantly, all humour aside, Harris is great writer. There is a praise-worthy attention to detail here, and that's what makes it the pageturning accomplishment it is." — Chad Pelley, Saltyink.com
"Harris does his part to put a colourful but often overlooked corner of this city on the literary map." — Joel Yanofsky, The Montreal Gazette
"Debuting novelist Doug Harris has crafted a whippet-quick, greasy read in YOU Comma Idiot, and it starts with a believable group of characters . . . The author also does a splendid job in depicting in minute detail the fading jewel that is Montreal. In fact, he’s to Montreal what novelist Russell Smith (How Insensitive, Girl Crazy) is to Toronto . . . a clever wordsmith/observer of the underengaged and slothful." — Gary Curtis, The Hamilton Spectator
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