When lonely Shriver receives a letter inviting him to attend a prestigious literary conference, he doesn’t realize he’s been confused for a famous reclusive, Salinger-like author of the same name. He decides to attend, and once there he is feted, fawned over and featured at stuffy literary panels and readings by admirers who believe he is the famed author.

Set in America, this is a sendup of academia and literary pretension. Filled with witty dialogue and a cast of bizarre and endearing characters.

3 Stars

Title: Shriver
Author: Chris Belden
Reviewer: BEM

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