ACTUAL LOL NOVELS
Not "comic" novels that leave you slightly amused and nodding. I'm talking about actual LOL funny books. They're rare. Suggestions welcome!
- •"Money" by Martin Amis.An insanely depraved film director flies from London to New York on a never ending bender. Think "Birdman" with more drinking. "Unless I specifically inform you otherwise, I'm always smoking another cigarette."
- •"Lightning Rods" by Helen DeWittA businessman embarks on a winning quest to install handicapped bathrooms where workers can have anonymous sex. Just go with me on this one. "...even in a fantasy there is nothing even remotely erotic about a toilet bowl. In fact, considered as an accoutrement to a sexual encounter, a toilet bowl is a real cold shower."
- •"Iceland" by Jim Krusoe.A typewriter repair man selects an organ from a storage pool and falls in love with the pool's attendant. Adventure ensues. Why don't more readers know Jim Krusoe?
- •"Hash" by Torgny LindgrenRecommended by Krusoe. Narrated by a 107-year-old journalist, it's about two Swedes on a motorcycle quest to find the best hash (the food, not weed), which comes to represent life itself. It's also about the power of storytelling. I need to pick this one up again. I remember it being so funny.
- •"A Gate at the Stairs" by Lorrie MooreMost people love Moore's short stories, and I am one of those people. But I keep returning to this, which is about adoption and race and America just after 9/11. It has all the smart jokes you'd come to except from Moore.
- •"The Ask" by Sam LipsyteHe gets office life right. He gets marriage right. He gets dads right. And he does this by being so morally wrong it's amazing.
- •"Treasure Island!!!" by Sara LevineShort and madcap. I loved it for her take on sisterhood and slackerdom. "Rena reached into her enormous filthy Turkish Kilim handwoven expandable purse."
- •"Dept. of Speculation" by Jenny OffillWorth the price of admission for this gem alone: "When a student gets it, when it first breaks across his face, it's so fucking beautiful. I nodded, moved, though I never taught anyone a single thing. What do you teach, I asked him. Rollerblading, he explained."
- •"The Stench of Honolulu" by Jack HandeyFor pure, big laughs in a novel, I say this is likely the best answer of my lifetime. I know @BillNovak @bengreenberg and @kce00 will back me up here.Suggested by @bjnovak
- •Lucky Jim by Kingsley AmisThe best.Suggested by @bengreenberg