Dovaleh Greenstein, a stand up comedian, invites a childhood friend to his final performance at a comedy club. His humour is quick and abrasive, and the reaction of his audience and his friend who almost unwillingly sit through the performance is palpable. But then Dovaleh senses the mood and lifts it with his quick wit.
Grossman is so talented with his wordmanship that the reader is readily swept along with this story of the effects of grief. Certainly worthy of the Man Booker International Prize.