Set against the pomposity of a small-town theatre community, The Wraith of Skrellman is the story of a nearly-delusional, completely-homeless 46-year-old troubadour's ill-fated pursuit of a beautiful teenage actress, the resentment this breeds in her precocious classmate Dave String, and the wraith of Skrellman who haunts them all with his "pornographic play-by-play" and frequent acts of occult mischief.
Elegiac at times, downright smutty at others, it's like The Virgin Suicides if that book were a little less a masterpiece and a whole lot more teen sex romp. Beneath the populist slapstick exists a literary ode to lost youth, and a mordant satire of the social conservatism of small towns.
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A touching and hilarious read!
Yes I would. The narrator did a fantastic job. He really captured the pathos of the characters and the sense of whimsy.
The Virgin Suicides because it is a nostalgic look back at life as a teenager that blends literary writing with humorous observations.
The Wraith of Skrellman is raw and hilarious.