Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The Pallbearers Club

The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay
7/5/22; 288 pages

The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay is a so-so novel of an unusual relationship and a pseudo-vampire.

Art Barbara started a club for volunteer pallbearers while a senior in high school and it was through this club he met Mercy Brown. She brought her Polaroid camera with her to take pictures of the corpses. This begins the manuscript/memoir of Art, which is what you are reading. Between Art's memories are comments written by Mercy, after the fact, discussing what is in Art's memoir and clarifying various points in it.

I enjoyed the opening of the narrative and then things went off the rail and into a different supernatural direction. I gamely kept with it and found things to appreciate in the changed narrative, but as it progressed, it was increasingly difficult to keep an interest in the plot. This is a wildly unique novel with plenty of strengths and weaknesses. It didn't really work for me, but I could see potential for more appreciation by other readers.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins via Edelweiss.

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