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I was in one of the major bookstores a couple of weeks ago, just looking around. I came across a table that was jammed full of newly released paperbacks. One of them caught my eye: "Puff," by Bob Flaherty. Then I did something I very rarely do; I just picked up a copy and bought it.

Normally, I'll read a review or a friend will recommend a book before I purchase it. But in this case, a little voice inside me said, "Go ahead, buy it," and that's what I did. I am writing this to let you know how happy I am that I made that decision.

"Puff" is the hilarious first novel by Flaherty, a freelance writer, cartoonist, comedian, and radio talk show host. The story revolves around two brothers, John and Gully Gullivan, and their exploits to score a bag of pot.

Set in the 1960's and 1970's, "Puff" begins when John is thirteen and obsessed with the moles that cover his body. His brother can't stop laughing about them. Now, fast forward ten years, and one of the worst blizzards to ever his the Boston area; but the strom is the least of the things that keep getting in the way of the brothers and their elusive high.

Flaherty is a master of the simile and the metaphor. Reading "Puff" is fun because it is richly textured and fast paced. The plot zig zags (no pun intended) as John and Gully face an endless stream of obstacles, including the police, their childhood priest, and a knife-wielding maniac. There's also a nice little love story thrown in to make things interesting.

Even the cover of the book is humorous. "Puff" is 269 pages and makes for some very lighthearted entertainment. It's published by Perennial.




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The following comments are for "Bob Flaherty's "Puff" reviewed."
by johnjohndoe

Thanks, JJD!
I really like your book reviews. They're quite helpful!

Lans

( Posted by: GibsonGirl [Member] On: April 21, 2005 )





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