The Grievers is a darkly comic coming of age novel for a generation that's still struggling to come of age.
When Charley Schwartz learns that an old high school pal has killed himself, he agrees to help his alma mater organize a memorial service to honor his fallen comrade. Soon, however, devestation turns to disgust as Charley discovers that his friend's passing means less to the school than the bottom line. As the memorial service quickly degenerates into a fundraising fiasco, Charley must also deal with a host of other quandaries including a dead-end job as an anthropomorphic dollar sign, his best friend's imminent move to Maryland, an intervention with a drug-addled megalomaniac, and his own ongoing crusade to enforce the proper use of apostrophes among the proprietors of local dining establishments.
Desperate to set the world right and keep his own life from spiraling out of control, Charley rages through his days and nights, plotting all the while the ultimate eulogy for his deceased friend and a scathing indictment of a world gone wrong.
"What starts out as a broadly humorous satire of dysfunction evolves into a surprisingly tender look at loss and grief." - Booklist
"Schuster’s off-kilter portrait of a guy unsatisfied like the old Replacements song adds pivotal bite to the pre-programmed humor of his ensemble." - Kirkus
"Like the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, Marc Schuster’s The Grievers blends the post-juvenile humor of adults refusing to grow up with aching pathos and biting touches of genius. Comedy travels hand in hand with tragedy in this novel, neither any further away than the next page, but both singing in tune." -Cafe Libri
MARC SCHUSTER is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction including The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl andDon Delillo, Jean Baudrillard, and The Consumer Conundrum. His work has also appeared in numerous publications ranging from Weird Tales toReader's Digest. He teaches English at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.