It’s Messenger Week! Last Friday we released my review of Jack Messenger’s short story collection, Four American Tales, followed up with an interview with the author this past Wednesday. Today we’re bringing you Andrea’s book review of Messenger’s novel, Farewell Olympus! Check out the official synopsis below and click the book cover to read the review! Happy reading!
Howard has it all – love, Paris, prospects – until an unexpected guest plunges his life into mystery and farce.
‘An intelligent pleasure.’ (Paul Hoffman, author of Scorn and The Left Hand of God trilogy)
When a patron of the arts named Serge loans him a luxurious penthouse apartment in central Paris, Howard can’t believe his luck. Now he can live cheaply while he translates articles for shortlived websites and doomed art journals nobody reads. And he’ll have more time to devote to his inscrutable French girlfriend, Delphine, a trainee lawyer.
Then, disaster strikes, in the shape of Eugene, Howard’s half-brother and personal nemesis, who sows chaos and discord wherever he goes. Abruptly, Howard’s uneventful life is plunged into mystery and farce. People are suddenly not what they seemed, and danger lurks in every restaurant. Serge himself is implicated in wrongdoing, while Giles, an Englishman abroad and seldom sober, knows more than he’s prepared to tell.
Can Howard and Eugene overcome their mutual antagonism long enough to survive? Should Howard forgive Eugene for being better looking? Will Eugene ever help him with the housework? Above all, will they ever agree about anything, particularly women?
Farewell Olympus is about love and rivalry, ambition and morality, Armageddon and the quest for the perfect croissant. Witty, intelligent and entertaining, it will make you feel you are too, even if you have no experience of volleyball.