Calypso is raw, humorous and sometimes heartbreaking all at once.
Sedaris invites us to observe his family - their idiosyncrasies, tragedies, and ever shifting connections with one another.
Like all families Sedaris’ family is not without drama and disagreement. His honesty is refreshing, as he allows a view into some deeply personal experiences (his sister’s suicide, his mother’s alcoholism, parent/sibling/partner conflicts, unbreakable family bonds).
However, the book is not all doom and gloom, in fact quite the contrary. His wit will have you laughing at things that will make you question your own sanity, and no tragedy will be outweighed by his ability to make you smile.
It is a wonderful read, and there is a truly hilarious chapter in which he becomes addicted to his FitBit - that alone, made the entire book worth reading.