Calling out to performers and those who prefer to be spectators.

By Max Greenfield ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 19, 2023

Reading aloud a book can be a daunting task, but Greenfield and Lowery’s latest work of metafiction provides an entertaining and creative way to do it. Their book features an unseen narrator who objects to the idea of reading aloud, but the reader is provided with a set of stage directions for their voice, such as color, size, and 3-D renderings. The narrator’s rambling and digressive complaints are interspersed with amusing detours, such as addressing the elephant in the room and discussing the word aplomb.

Check on Walmart Check on Barnes and Noble Check on Powells


The narrator’s worries about losing their place and having to start over are also addressed. This metatextual discourse provides a sly paradox, as the reading of it contradicts the narrator’s aversion to doing so. It is a humorous and enjoyable way to experience the book, and the audience is sure to find it hilarious.

Pub Date: Sept. 19, 2023
ISBN: 9780593616581

Page Count: 40
Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023