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The Underminer

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The Underminer

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Virginia Hefferman, Mike Albo
publisher:
Bloomsbury
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

If the passive-aggressive title character of The Underminer reviewed this novel, the critique might read: ”What a nice attempt at a first book! It’s amazing how many people are getting book deals nowadays. I mean, they’ll just give them to anybody!” With the help of New York Times TV critic Virginia Heffernan, Mike Albo successfully parlays his one-man stage show into both a roman à clef about ’90s decadence and a self-help Get the Heck Out of This Relationship Now and Join the Witness Protection Program tome. In a slight 164 pages, the Underminer robs an equally anonymous ”best friend” of pals, self-confidence, and dignity. Albo’s jokes punch hard (except for a feeble section on Burning Man) and his warning is worth heeding: Sometimes the ship in friendship is the Titanic.