Himself by Jess Kidd, review by Kris Stephens
"It is a truth universally unacknowledged that when the dead are trying to remember something, the living are trying harder to forget it." The short, elevator speech for this novel is that Mahoney, a young orphan, returns home to his birth town to find out what happened to his presumed dead mother all the while receiving clues from the town's deceased. But this doesn't really give credence to the dark wit of of the carefully crafted characters, to the beautiful scenery, or to the devastating tales of everyone there, dead or alive. It doesn't point out how, despite the beauty of the town and the morally upstanding image they all present, everyone has been lying to both Mahoney and to each other for the past couple of decades. And while the living are doing their best to pretend that his mother never even existed, the dead are all trying to remember anything at all.