“A highly amusing book….Merot is a master of mockery.” San Diego Union Tribune
978-0-8021-7019-4 • $13.00 • Paperback • May 2006
Love. Solitude. Alcohol. Family. Unemployment. Mammals tells the story of “the uncle,” a sarcastic, middle-aged Parisian bachelor and drunk. He fails desultorily in several professionsa new media company during the boom, a defense ministry museum run by a lecherous ex-quartermasterand winds up a teacher in a secondary school, surrounded by neurotic women. He tries out therapist after therapist and doesn’t get the joke. He has many reasons to be anxious, family life most of allespecially now that he’s living at home again. He coins proverbs for living for living with lowered expectations and observes the habits of his pathological parents, the mammals of the title. Piecing together a portrait of a modern Everyman, Mammals is a caustic, comic, unflinching bestiary of modern banality.