Shriver just might be the most brilliant novel I’ve read all year. Chris Belden has created a world in which it’s difficult to tell what exactly is real. As a man with the same name as a renowned author travels to a writers’ conference after having been mistaken as the author, hilarity ensues and questions abound. Is Shriver indeed the reclusive author, but suffering from memory loss? Are some of the events taking place here actually part of Shriver’s hailed novel, Goat Time? Whatever the case, Belden’s novel is an entertaining send-up of academia and writers’ conferences.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Touchstone.