Title: Postcards from a Dead Girl: A Novel (P.S.)
Author: Kirk Farber
Release Date: February 16, 2010
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Genre: Literary Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
Sid has a unique problem. His ex-girlfriend, Zoe, has been sending him postcards from around the world. The problem is that all the postmarks are one year old, yet he’s receiving them all now. Sid also suffers from a few quirks that he can’t overcome. In this novel, Sid undertakes both a personal and a physical journey to understand and come to terms with his life as it is now.
The summary for Postcards from a Dead Girl is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to write because it’s so difficult to say what the book is actually about. On the surface, it’s about Sid trying to deal with his ex, Zoe, and understand why all these postcards are being delivered one year late. But it’s also about his personal journey, his attempt (and failure) to deal with the hardships that life throws at him.
In a lot of ways, Postcards from a Dead Girl is about coping with loss of different kinds. Sid’s ex-girlfriend sends him postcards. His mother’s spirit lives in a corked wine bottle and talks to him regularly. Sid is unable to let go of anything, to move on and fully live life. He’s trapped in the past because he doesn’t know how to cope.
This book is also very funny. Sid’s a character with so many quirks, he definitely strays into “weird” territory. His hypochondria, his fixation on car washes – these are things that keep the reader entertained while reading. Each of Sid’s quirks become an obsession. Focusing on these means Sid can avoid having to deal with real life.
I enjoyed Postcards from a Dead Girl; I thought it was a fun, unique novel, and it was a quick read. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Farber’s next novel, as this one was refreshing and delightful.