Hugh Moore by Eckhard Gerdes

ISBN: 978-0984603763
198 pages
Release Date: December 27, 2010
Civil Coping Mechanisms
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If ever a novel was appropriately named, Hugh Moore is it. At the center of the novel is the titular character, as humor is at the center of the novel. The occasion for humor is the gathering of the tribes for the funeral (and presumed ascension) of the family matriarch, Rose Moore. The list of attendees goes on and on, and each has to survive some odd adventure or two in order to make it to the funeral. Beneath the humor, each character has to come to terms with life and death in his or her own way, as is befitting the occasion. Hugh, himself, is the family scribe, a humorist and aspiring novelist, who takes it upon himself to record the family get-together. Unfortunately, he is living below a newspaper man named Jackson Berlin. Jackson is not known for his sense of humor and does not suffer the shenanigans of his downstairs neighbor lightly. Before too long, the two writers are at war with each other, and Jackson makes full use of his superior position. Hugh Moore is, simply put, the funniest novel since Moby Dick.

 is an American-born novelist & editor. He earned his MFA in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.