Insane City by Dave Barry Putnam ISBN 978-0-399-15868-1

One would not call Seth Weinstein a high achiever. No matter. Much to even his own surprise, he becomes engaged to Tina who is beautiful, successful and the daughter of a billionaire. Insane City, by Dave Barry, opens with Seth and his “Groom Posse” traveling to Miami for an over the top destination wedding. He has no idea of what is about to befall him.
All that is really expected of him is that he shows up for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding ceremony bringing the custom made wedding band. These are not unreasonable expectations. However, he encounters a few obstacles. Through a series of events, his social group grows to include a stripper , her pimp, a man with an eleven-foot albino Burmese python, a frightened Haitian refugee and her young children and an orangutan named Trevor. With the addition of each character the story becomes more complicated and funnier. It is amazing how quickly things go from bad to worse.
Mr. Barry has written a novel that skillfully deals with serious social issues while being hysterical at the same time. The characters, for the most part, are unique and endearing in their own way. Some not so much. The end- well, it is a surprise. This is a laugh out loud read and I really enjoyed it-so much so that I am going to Miami.
I received this book for free through LibraryThing and I give this review of my own free will.


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