Book Review | Gerry Tales
Author: Gerry Boylan
Every now and then, a charming little book comes along that makes you laugh and just generally feel good all the way around. That book is Gerry Tales: How I Lived Happily After Ever Despite Stabbing Myself in the Back, Scalding My Cojones, and Really Pissing Off My Wife During Childbirth.
Every story is delightful; laugh out loud funny, endearing, and sentimental. For example, when the author reminisces about his younger sister with whom he shared a room, I was right there with him, as I had shared a room with my younger brother. Now, the portion that was just uncanny (or was it?) was Gerry recalling how his sister would do his bidding, regardless of the risk, including climbing into the dryer at his behest. It would be like a carnival ride, right? Doesn’t every older sibling do that? I can tell you this, I know I did. I didn’t keep him in there long, don’t worry. No permanent damage.
Then good old Gerry manages to stab himself in the back (hence the title) with his replica Bowie knife — after his father caught him playing with it in bed and reprimanded him, of course — uses expired Heet on his aching thigh muscles (and some other delicate areas), and faces some dire situations on an ill-advised hitchhiking adventure. That’s all before the age of 16. Of course, he makes it to adulthood, gets married, and has children of his own.
Gerry Boylan has a sharp and salient wit, and it was wonderfully put to use in this collection of short stories. The short story genre is one that is highly underrated, and I’m glad to see such a talented writer utilizing it. I can only hope that Boylan continues writing, as his feel-good storytelling never goes out of style.
I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*